The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even (1915-23) by Marcel Duchamp

Artwork Information

TitleThe Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even
ArtistMarcel Duchamp
MediumOil paint, varnish, lead foil, lead wire,
Dimensions272.5 x 175.8 cm
Current LocationPhiladelphia Museum of Art

About The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even

The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even is a notorious artwork by Marcel Duchamp created between 1915-23. Commonly known as “The Large Glass,” it is one of the artist’s most significant contributions to modern art. The artwork is over 9 feet tall and almost 6 feet wide, divided into two sections: the upper part, depicting the bride stripped bare, and the lower section showcasing nine bachelors symbolizing sexual desire.

Duchamp spent years planning “The Large Glass.” He used notes, sketches, and studies between 1912-17. These materials were then compiled in “The Green Box,” which included valuable insights about his creative process. He believed that painting and sculpture didn’t adequately reflect contemporary cultural life; hence he incorporated distinct elements like tilting panes of glass that represent unobtainable desire.

Duchamp’s unconventional approach to creating art deeply influenced later movements like pop and conceptual art. It arrived at Philadelphia Museum of Art cracked after delivery. Still, it remains accessible to the public while undergoing a meticulous restoration process in which only specialized conservation studios can handle unique repairs to The Large Glass.


Marcel Duchamp’s “The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even” artwork is one of the most intriguing pieces from its period worldwide even decades later after its birth. It stretches creativity boundaries while presenting an alternative way of understanding arts beyond what we perceive typically. So far its recovery efforts have benefited greatly from technological advances that help restore its former glory despite obstacles encountered along the way since shipment until recently during unusual circumstances maintained historical authenticity providing more insights for future generations’ better comprehension when exploring what artistic legacy endeavors entail throughout time-honored accounts such as this breathtaking piece that leaves nothing but awe-inspiring moments whenever viewed or discussed among enthusiasts around the globe today still represents original moments to observe with each viewing offering new perspectives as they relate backcgrounds upo such masterpiece works..

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