Modern and Contemporary Art
Garden and Chapel at BlainvilleMade in Blainville, France, Europe
Marcel Duchamp, American (born France), 1887 - 1968
Oil on canvas
Currently not on view
2011-145-1Bequest of Frank Brookes Hubachek, Jr., 2011
This verdant landscape is one of Marcel Duchamp’s very first paintings, created at the age of fifteen when Impressionism, particularly the work of Claude Monet, captivated the young artist’s imagination. The stone building and steeple glimpsed through a screen of trees are identified on the back of the canvas as “The house where I was born and the church where I was baptized.” Depictions of the natural environment appear throughout Duchamp’s body of work, offering a counterpoint to his better-known mechanical imagery and industrial readymades. The densely wooded background in his final masterpiece, Étant donnés: 1° la chute d'eau, 2° le gaz d'éclairage . . . (1946–66), (1969-41-1, Philadelphia Museum of Art) may refer back to the lush foliage of this scene.