Sunday, March 15, 2009

Marcel Duchamp - The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass), 1915-23

1 comment:

  1. I like this work- you know he executed it on two panes of plain glass with materials like lead foil, fuse wire, and even things like collected dust from his studio and museums near by. It combines a sort of chance procedure, typical of the Dada era artists. However the the work is carefully executed in its composition and orientation. This is however my opinion, and lacks support from modern criticism.

    The Bride is a mechanical, almost insectile, group of monochrome shaded geometric forms located along the left-hand side of the glass. Perhaps the piece as an exploration of male and female desire as they complicate each other. The Bachelors' Domain os said to center on the nine "Malic Molds." These dark brown shapes have a central vertical line, some with horizontal ones across them. They resemble the empty carcasses of clothes hanging from a clothesline, much more than they do actual men. Much of the modern criticism centers around the fact that critics see the painting as an expression of the artist to ridicule criticism. It is said by many famous critics that the piece exudes even more of the specular, or chance happenings than the intended. Meaning- the work is just created, there is not interpretation to be made.

    I think that is what is so interesting.

    Cool Post.