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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