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Nine Malic Moulds (Second Version), 1963 (replica of 1914-15 original)

Marcel Duchamp

French, 1887-1968
Color photograph between glass
25-1/2 x 40-1/4 in. (64.8 x 102.2 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Museum Purchase
P.1963.38
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Estate of Marcel Duchamp Reproduction, including downloading of ARS works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Marcel Duchamp was one of the most influential artists of the twentieth-century. From his Nude Descending a Staircase, a painting that obliterated the traditional nude and was a succès de scandale at the legendary Armory Show in 1913, to his “readymades” that suggested art could be made out of anything at all, Duchamp made a concerted effort to undermine all artistic tradition. Nine Malic Moulds is a study for The Bachelors, a detail of Duchamp’s large and ambitious The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass) of 1915–23. The theme of The Large Glass, a bride denuded by her aroused bachelors, may be viewed as an allegory of sexual frustration, and theme to which Duchamp returned over and again. Made of decidedly unartistic materials (the original was made of wire, lead and paint) Duchamp reduces the bachelors to gears, cylinders and tubes, once again assaulting the accepted representational methods of art.

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