Marcel Broodthaers
The Farm Animals 1974

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Marcel Broodthaers 1924–1976
The Farm Animals
Les Animaux de la ferme
Date 1974
Medium Lithograph on paper
Dimensions Image: 819 x 603 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1980
Not on display

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Various breeds of cattle are presented in a grid-like pattern resembling pages from an educational or scientific manual. However, the names printed beneath each cow are those of car manufacturers. As a young man, Broodthaers befriended the Surrealist painter René Magritte. One of Magritte's most famous paintings featured a picture of a pipe with the words 'This is not a pipe' written in French underneath. Broodthaers was fascinated by the way Magritte used words to contradict a visual image. Here he plays his own game, pitting visual and linguistic meanings against each another.

September 2004

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