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Even stranger, his work struck profound echoes with earlier French art, with Delacroix and Gerome, showing Dubuffet to be a dyed-in-the-wool Orientalist whose cartoony, leering images of Arabs, made in 1947-49 during three trips to Algeria, now look premonitory both of Twombly's mature sgraffito and Picasso's late-style cavaliers.
OK, usually I try to be a little lighthearted on this page, since I am a dyed-in-the-wool, warp-and-woof optimist.