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© Meret Oppenheim/Bildupphovsrätt 2019
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Category:Sculptures
Date:1930s
On View:Stockholm
Artist
Meret Oppenheim
1913 - 1985
Switzerland Ma gouvernante - My Nurse - Mein Kindermädchen, 1936/1967
Min guvernant
Metal plate, shoes, string, paper
14 x 33 x 21 cm (5 1/2 x 13 x 8 1/4 in.)
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Purchase 1967 with contribution from The Friends of Moderna Museet
NMSK 1972 On view at Stockholm
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- About the work
A pair of trussed white pumps are served on a silver plate. The heels are adorned with white paper ruffles of the kind formerly used for chicken or lamb chops at fancy dinners. In surrealist works such as this, objects that don’t “belong together” are often combined, like in dreams. The surrealists were interested in dreams, sexuality and urges, influenced by Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis, which was new at the time. Shoes can also be seen as a fetish, an ordinary object that is charged with sexual meaning. Several of Meret Oppenheim’s works concern the construction of “femininity”. In that perspective, the string around the shoes can be read as a symbol of how roles are forced upon women.
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