Portrait of Dr. Dumouchel

Marcel Duchamp, American (born France), 1887 - 1968

Made in France, Europe


Oil on canvas

39 1/2 x 25 7/8 inches (100.3 x 65.7 cm)

© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Estate of Marcel Duchamp

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 181, Modern and Contemporary Art, first floor

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The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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In this mysterious painting, in which the influence of Henri Matisse and the Fauves is evident in the scrubby paint handling and use of non-naturalistic iridescent colors, Duchamp envelops the left hand of his childhood friend with a strange emanation, like a halo or aura. Raymond Dumouchel was a medical student in the field of radiology when he posed for this portrait, so the artist's treatment of his hand probably refers to his pioneering work with X-rays and other recent scientific inventions. However, the glowing nimbus that surrounds his hand also suggests that Dumouchel possessed special healing powers or extrasensory perceptions.


Dr. Raymond Dumouchel, France; sold to Louise and Walter C. Arensberg, Los Angeles, July 1951 [1]; gift to PMA, 1950. 1. According to the Arensbergs' provenance notes dated 1951 (PMA, Arensberg Archives).

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