Between 1962 and 1974 Dubuffet worked on an important series he called `l?Hourloupe?, to which this work belongs. `Hourloupe? is an invented word which Dubuffet said, ?calls to mind some object or personage of fairytale-like and grotesque state?. Verging on abstraction - a figure can just be made out on the left side, holding a brush and facing a bottle ? `Dishwasher? is composed of interlocking, jigsaw-like shapes. The series began as ball-point pen doodles and display what Dubuffet described as his ?meandering, uninterrupted and resolutely uniform line, which brings all planes to the surface?. The `l?Hourloupe' series greatly influenced Dubuffet?s painted sculptures and culminated in `Coucou Bazar (Bal de l?Hourloupe)? - a performance piece first staged in 1973.