à poil, il fallait oser ! 

裸で、きみはあえてしなければ !

Portrait of my first Japanese model in my Akabimbô workshop inaugurated on Sunday August 24: “Inauguration of my new workshop in Akabimbô. I will start a new nude with Coo this afternoon. We have a good two hours ahead of us … The air is heavy, hot and humid. She undresses behind a blank canvas that serves as a curtain at the back of the workshop. Hair folded back on the right using a barrette which releases its forehead with a parted offset to the left. It is now a question of taking the hare to the body, abandoning the frenzies and other useless falbalas to simplify always more and to see if what I have in my head will hold out. ” (Extract from my workshop journal of August 24, 1975, p.105). 

Amber painting on canvas mounted on panel. Varnished and ready to hang. Signature on the back