Marcel Broodthaers I Return to Matter, I Rediscover the Tradition of the Primitives, Painting with Egg, Painting with Egg 1966

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I Return to Matter, I Rediscover the Tradition of the Primitives, Painting with Egg, Painting with Egg
Je retourne à la matière, je retrouve la tradition des primitifs, peinture à l'oeuf, peinture à l'oeuf
Date 1966
Medium Wooden box, egg shells, printed paper and metal
Dimensions Object: 257 x 257 x 76 mm
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Acquisition Purchased 1980
Reference
T03089
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Broodthaers was fond of puns, and the French word ‘matiere’ in the original title of this work means both subject matter and medium. Similarly, the phrase ‘painting with egg’ can
be interpreted as both a representation of some eggs, and a work created using eggs
as a medium. The ‘primitives’ that Broodthaers refers to are the early artists, who, until the mid-fifteenth century, usually created their paints by mixing egg yolk with pigment.

September 2004

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