A wounded man?
During a battle some always come
And put their backs to them
As if death, in that way
Allowed them to die
More at their leisure
And with a little liberty.'
From Les Murs by Jean Dubuffet and Eugene Guillevic (Les Editions du Livre, Paris, 1950). Translated by Barbara Wright.
Paris Post War: Art and Existentialism 1945-55 at the Tate Gallery until 5 September.