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The Most Famous Cup in Art -- Meret Oppenheim's Furlined Teacup
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Renate Stendhal
October 2013
Contributor
Written by
Renate Stendhal
October 2013

 

During my Paris years, I met the artist Meret Oppenheim (1913-1985), who had a moment of world-fame in her early twenties when she created the object that came to stand for Surrealism: "Le Déjeuner en fourrure," The Breakfast in Fur, in 1936. The beastly cup, instantly bought by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, added to the allure of the beautiful young woman who was friends with Picasso, courted by Marcel Duchamp and Max Ernst, and photographed in the nude by Man Ray. But her early fame overshadowed the creative life of the artist. An almost 20-year depression led her to destroy most of her work. When I met her, in the seventies, she was rising to fame once again. I worked for her as her Girl Friday for seven years -- and learned a lot. Right now, in Europe, the 100th anniversary of her birthday (Oct. 6, 1919) is celebrated everywhere, in galleries, museums, with several books, and a new documentary on TV. I felt compelled to write my homage to one of my important mentors and would like to share it: http://www.scene4.com/1013/renatestendhal1013.html

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