Name: Étant donnésArtist: Marcel DuchampYear: 1946-196Medium: Installation artInfo: An ode to Courbet’s work. This is a rather complex piece of work in terms of its construction requiring a brick doorframe with a keyhole to be erected around the piece. You see, you approach the doorframe, with little reluctance, peek through the keyhole seeing nothing too special about it, only to be greeted by l’origine du monde in its full, unabashed glory. Though the exact meaning is unknown –Duchamp was very secretive about his work- there is speculation that the piece represents the three lovers in his life, another speculation links the piece to the famous “Black Dahlia” murder in 1947, whilst there is further speculation that the piece is a misogynistic statement. It’s also credited as being the first piece of installation art.
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Name: Étant donnés
Artist: Marcel Duchamp
Year: 1946-196
Medium: Installation art
Info: An ode to Courbet’s work. This is a rather complex piece of work in terms of its construction requiring a brick doorframe with a keyhole to be erected around the piece. You see, you approach the doorframe, with little reluctance, peek through the keyhole seeing nothing too special about it, only to be greeted by l’origine du monde in its full, unabashed glory. Though the exact meaning is unknown –Duchamp was very secretive about his work- there is speculation that the piece represents the three lovers in his life, another speculation links the piece to the famous “Black Dahlia” murder in 1947, whilst there is further speculation that the piece is a misogynistic statement. It’s also credited as being the first piece of installation art.

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