Victor Brauner, “Marriage”

Marriage is, first of all, a giant balloon, but a balloon full of bubbly-intense vitality with important lifelong potential. Balloons are potentially isolating and have the potential for growth/accumulation. What is accumulated inside the marital bubble is a very precious appropriation of the thing called mutuality and the will of the couple. The marriage balloon is like a double or triple bed, a form of sleeping or mutually existing together, a form of intercourse, shared sensual intimacy, a combination of silk and the most tender translucent muslin or as something precious among its attributes. Marriage balloon is a place of exchanging and mixture of gentleness, desire and generosity, stubborn masculine glory and feminine tenderness, soft pressure and unconditional and unlimited readiness to love.

Marriage balloon includes mutually surrendered togetherness which starts much earlier than the balloon itself – from the awkward lower body, let’s say – with a dance of readiness, with a dance of preparedness, with milky and cloudy – whitish emanation of female erotic sensitivity. The sublime inter-balloon readiness we see in the upper, marital self-readiness. Man’s masculinity – his bravado chest accepting the symbolic female egg is what we see in the upper part of the painting! In this moment it has transformed itself into a sublime – a bit in profile of an animalistic gentle creature accepting the precious feminine emanations, which creates a gracious and beautiful flower – a symbol of masculine-feminine togetherness in mutual love.

Flower is not only previous egg, but apotheosis of mutual love – an amazing erotic togetherness – erotic readiness and sexual encounter! – Marriage is the reality – it is the future. Marriage is everything – what has already happened and will happen in future! Marriage is admirable – it’s unstoppable! Marriage is eternal!


Victor Brauner, “Transubstantiation of Marriage”

Sometimes marriage is not just a potential, it’s not just human warmth and heat. It can be just a gentle dedication in time – the ability to move, to wait, to think, to desire. It is the way to aesthetics that simply dominates sharing of love and desire. Of course, here, there is also the presence of grace that goes into the erotic and sexual step-by-step-ness. The question of balloon – the existence of an internal mother-ness – mother inside is embellished by the future couple with its readiness to dance, to look at their own grace, at one another, at the space of their togetherness as a couple.

In “Transubstantiation of Marriage” the figure and silhouettes of the masculine and feminine creatures become more gracious, more delicate and more eccentric. The flower which the female figure extends to her delicate man doesn’t only have decorative leaves, but… her own breasts. Man is eccentric in comparison with one in “Marriage”. His figure is as delicate as that of her female partner in delicate love. She in her sophisticated gown presents herself to her partner. Woman’s figurative leg is dedicated to her pregnancy and is ready to be addressed to her readiness for her man with his delicately tender face and touchingly delicate readiness to touch her body.

The cheerful and childish faces and delicate gestures makes the couple of “Transubstantiation of Marriage” touchingly gentle and able to love one another. Can it be that the creatures from another planet that Brauner depicts in his “Marriage” and “Transubstantiation of Marriage” is close to our own rituals today of “Earthly” mutual love which is not so far from our own style of loving? May be, we are not so too far from a rude, awkward and quarrelsome manner of our earthly love…


Victor Brauner (1903-1966)