By the well regarded Belgian artist JACQUES HOTE (1939-1986), this is a highly worked, detailed ink drawing on Japan tissue-type paper, measuring 8 1/2" by 11 1/4" (13 1/2" by 15 1/2" simply framed, no glass). The work is signed at lower right and dated there March 22,1969. The figures, caricatures, really, are quite strange, many with exaggerated Gallic noses; the subject/message of the drawing is not clear to me, but it likely lies in the realm of politics and satire and social commentary. The faces remind a bit of those in works of the great James Ensor, the Belgian master with whom Hote would have most certainly been familiar. Hote worked in sculpture, lithography, and most commonly, in drawings, which always display his superb draftsmanship skills. Some works seem to deal with very dream-like, almost surreal subject matter. The drawing is in good condition despite the lack of glass. The paper is naturally rumpled and there's a very light crease at upper right. See a website on the artist, in French (and translatable into English) for more detail on Hote and his work.
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