The cartoon expresses emotion and form simply. Simple means direct. Forthright, like the picture plane itself, Simon engages the viewer immediately with a face while the subtler elements of the painting emerge more slowly.
Pale Head with Yellow Teeth fills the composition to capacity. It is painted a near flat lilac grey against which the brightly punctuated dots and lines inform the subtle contours and structure of the head.
The presence of all three of the primary colors lends integrity to a small and simple painting. Tension, the primary element for drama and life is the uneasy relationship between the purple in the face and the yellow teeth.