Why Not Sneeze Rose Sélavy – (Marcel Duchamp) Previous Next


Style: Dadaism

Topic: Flowers Scenes Flowers

Technique: Oil

Why not Sneeze, Rose Sélavy? is a 1921 "readymade" sculpture by Marcel Duchamp. Duchamp made the piece as a birdcage containing a thermometer, a piece of cuttlebone and 152 marble cubes. He crafted the cubes to look like sugar cubes. Only when lifting the cage does it become clear that it is much heavier than it would be if the cubes were made of sugar. About the sculpture, Duchamp said: "It is a Readymade in which the sugar is changed to marble. It is sort of a mythological effect."



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