Thursday, May 18, 2006

Da Daaaaaaaah!

OK, it's C next, but in honour of the canning of The DA Vinci Code at Cannes, (That would be the Cannes Can........ sorry..... arf!) I give you L.H.O.O.Q., Dadaist Marcel Duchamp's joke on that famous painting.

En Français for maximum appreciation: El-Ash-O-O-Koo or Elle a chaud au cul. (She has a hot ass. Outrageous n'est çe pas?!)

Ah! French humour - so sophisticated! Have you ever had the pleasure of seeing the play Ubu Roi, by Alfred Jarry? It's full of Pschitt. Mais oui!

Jarry is credited as a forefather of Dadaist, Surrealist, Futurist and Absurdist theatre. Hmm. Doesn't do much for me. Qu'est çe qui ce passe, Alfie?

Toodle-oo mes petits choux.

3 comments:

Mme Cyn said...

Mama Duck, my French is cr@p, but I do know the alphabet, and I just don't get it.... am I abnormally thick?

nzm said...

We just went to the Morgan Library in NY.

Oh.My.God.

I have never seen so many paintings, manuscripts and books by people like matisse, rembrandt, picasso, da vinci, gauguin, cezanne, constable, blake, michelangelo, pollock, emily bronte, jonathan swift, galileo, beethoven, verdi, brahms etc etc.

Who wasn't represented isn't worth knowing about. We're going back again on Saturday just to make sure that we weren't dreaming!

Malheureusement (that's French!), photos are not allowed in the galleries. :-(

MamaDuck said...

Mme Cyn - pas du tout, mon petit chou - my Francais is also crepe these days, and nothing much goes onto my page without reference to mon dictionnaire bilingue to check whether it's une fille or un fils!
Also, that Marcel Duchamp site, though comprehensive, has broken bits so I think I'll link to a different one.
L.H.O.O.Q. en Francais: Elle-a-chaud-au-cul = She has a hot ass. The art world was Deeply Shocked.

nzm - Wow! I've never heard of the Morgan. The names give me goosebumps. Actually, it's the idea of the manuscripts - I'm used to paintings at second remove, and there are so many good reproductions in books - but a manuscript, with the original flow, the second thoughts, all the asides and revisions, has an almost magical dimension to it. I suspect that at base I'm not so different from those people who believe that the spirit can be captured in the image! Lovely to hear from you, and know that there's time for the important things!