sometimes a contradiction...

Marcel Duchamp, two works

I’m fascinated by the amount of thought, work, and life that Duchamp poured into this one idea.


The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (the Large Glass), 1915-1923

[This work is composed of two glass panels – freestanding, over nine feet tall - one set above the other. Click the above image for a closer view.]

The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Green Box), 1934

The Green Box, a limited edition of assembled notes, color plates, and photographs that detail Duchamp’s work on the major art piece, shows the great depth of the creative process. This edition has 320 versions – each assembled separately by Duchamp – the artist himself placing the pieces by hand in a random order. The Green Box doesn’t really explain The Large Glass, but does serve as a bit of a language/thought complement to the work – forcing viewers of the earlier work to move beyond the realm of the visual.


“I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.” – M.D.


With Hammer And Tong...The LetterShaper said...

I very much enjoyed my time here; as a poet and an avid reader, I found it both enlightening and entertaining. Thank you...

Christine said...

I love Duchamp. For a long while, he had a great exhibit at the Philadelphia museum of art -- Bride was there. It's interesting how some of the pieces of the image no longer make sense to us as they did to the audience when he created it -- part of the piece is a picture of a chocolate grinder. We don't have those anymore.

Paula said...

So good to find Duchamp here. I simply love his Art.

Sam of the ten thousand things said...

Thanks to hammer, Christine, and Paula for the view & read. Duchamp is special.