Gaston Chaissac Untitled 1960

  • Not on view

Chaissac began making art in 1937, experimenting with line and automatic drawing. His self–defined "modern rustic art" developed from blending his untrained style (a product of his working–class background) with the

influences of Pablo Picasso and Surrealism. In his later years, Chaissac created imaginative compositions that combine ambiguous shapes and puzzlelike figures in works on paper, paintings, and sculptures. In this drawing, Chaissac's solid lines and suggestive outlines are filled in by minute and intricate patterns, giving the work a sense of diversity and movement.

Gallery label from Glossolalia: Languages of Drawing, March 26–July 7, 2008.
Ink on paper
19 5/8 x 25 5/8" (50.0 x 64.9 cm)
Gift of the Cordier and Ekstrom Gallery, New York
Object number
© 2023 Gaston Chaissac / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Drawings and Prints

Installation views

We have identified these works in the following photos from our exhibition history.

How we identified these works

In 2018–19, MoMA collaborated with Google Arts & Culture Lab on a project using machine learning to identify artworks in installation photos. That project has concluded, and works are now being identified by MoMA staff.

If you notice an error, please contact us at [email protected].


If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

MoMA licenses archival audio and select out of copyright film clips from our film collection. At this time, MoMA produced video cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. All requests to license archival audio or out of copyright film clips should be addressed to Scala Archives at [email protected]. Motion picture film stills cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For access to motion picture film stills for research purposes, please contact the Film Study Center at [email protected]. For more information about film loans and our Circulating Film and Video Library, please visit

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication, please email [email protected]. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to [email protected].


This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to [email protected].