Esphyr Slobodkina

Honoring the Life and Art of a Pioneer of American Abstraction

The Broken Promise Of Marital Bliss

The Broken Promise Of Marital Bliss

Year: 1989
Type: Assemblage

Catalog #: SF_0022

Current Location:
Lewallen Galleries

Exhibition History:

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Dimensions:
18 x 19 x 7 1/2

A more personal piece, The Broken Promise of Marital Bliss, 1989 alludes to Slobodkina’s failed first marriage to artist Ilya Bolotowksy (the two married in 1933 and were separated by 1936), but in a humorous rather than wistful or melancholy manner. Slobodkina arranges the candy cane-shaped scrolls of a bentwood chair, probably chosen for their graceful curves resembling fiddleheads, so that they oppose each other. Attached are smashed pieces of ceramic dishware – perhaps a reference to inevitable domestic disputes.