Thursday, January 31, 2008

Marcel Duchamp et Chedwick

Marcel Duchamp & Chedwick photographed by Man Ray. Two perfume bottle collectors immortalized.

Marcel Duchamp wore scents and created artwork inspired by perfume bottles, and the fragrances themselves. His most obvious was a label for an imaginary perfume inspired by a duplicitous woman. He used an existing bottle, changing the peach color of the glass to green, since the woman's surname was Greener, aka Greene.

The photo on the label is Marcel himself, (dressed as the woman who led him on) photographed by Man Ray.

"The truth was obscure, too profound and too pure,
to live it you have to explode.
In that last hour of need, we entirely agreed,
sacrifice was the code of the road.
I left town at dawn, with Marcel and St. John,
strong men belittled by doubt.
I couldn't tell her what my private thoughts were,
but she had some way of finding out."
--Bob Dylan

*Ched collects perfume bottles and uses them in artwork, so if you have some to throw away--please save them for Chedwick or another collector instead. recycle, re-use! Also, if you have a vintage perfume bottle, check with Kovels Antiques to find out what it might be worth.