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Duchamp was preoccupied by themes of looking and visibility, and the blocked windows of Fresh Widow can be seen as a counterpoint to the transparent surface of The Large Glass.
The glass panes of this miniature French window have been obscured by black leather, denying any view. The title, punning on French window, carries associations with sexuality and death, again echoing the themes of the Large Glass. This was the first work that Duchamp signed using the name Rose Sélavy, his female alter ego.

August 2011