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Duchamp, Marcel (1887-1968)
The Large GlassDate: 1915-1923
Technique: Mixed technique
Museum: Philadelphia Museum of Art
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Full title: The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (most often called The Large Glass)
Technique: oil, varnish, lead foil, lead wire, and dust on two glass panels
Duchamp carefully created The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even, working on the piece from 1915 to 1923. He executed the work on two panes of glass with materials such as lead foil, fuse wire, and dust. It combines chance procedures, plotted perspective studies, and laborious craftsmanship.
Duchamp's ideas for the Glass began in 1913, and he made numerous notes and studies, as well as preliminary works for the piece. The notes reflect the creation of unique rules of physics, and myth which describes the work. He published the notes and studies as The Green Box in 1934.
The notes describe that his "hilarious picture" is intended to depict the erratic encounter between the "Bride," in the upper panel, and her nine "Bachelors" gathered timidly below in an abundance of mysterious mechanical apparatus.
The Large Glass was exhibited in 1926 at the Brooklyn Museum before it was accidentally broken and carefully repaired by Duchamp. It is now part of the permanent collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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