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Marc Rubin said, “I hope one day Chicagoans will learn the truth about their Dubuffet sculpture. The true title explains the work. Jean created a sweet, light hearted and whimsical masterpiece.

The pure and simple meaning of “Forest and Conqueror” is warm and endearing but lost to changed words, “Monument and Beast”, that invoke images of cold monumental skyscrapers and hard hearted political beasts rather than settlers clearing land to create rich farmland and a city with more trees and gardens than residents.”

“Chicago”

4x6 feet, Cubism, commissioned in 1975

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“Chicago”

The work envisions Chicago as a woman, depicted as the Biblical Eve, reaching out over Lake Michigan from the Chicago skyline at Oak Street and Michigan Avenue. Eve reaches for the only two choices presented by the city, a serpent of sin and the sun as an apple of the knowledge of good and evil. The influence of Marc’s friendship with Abstract Expressionist Jean Dubuffet is apparent in the rounded geometric shapes and use of black lines.

Although Marc’s earliest abstract works show direct influences of Piet Mondrian’s Curvilinear Cubism and the yellow, red, blue color bal-ance of Pointillist Georges Seurat, the influ-enced whimsy of Jean Dubuffet transforms the harsh reality of the artist’s message into a playful thought.

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