Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Hydro Cell

Hydro Cell

John R. Covert, American, 1882 - 1960


Oil on cardboard

24 1/4 × 26 1/2 inches (61.6 × 67.3 cm)

Research inconclusive. Copyright may apply.

Curatorial Department:
American Art

* Special Exhibition Galleries, first floor (Dorrance Galleries)

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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A founding member and the first secretary of the Society of Independent Artists, Covert was Walter Arensberg's first cousin and a frequent chess partner of Duchamp. While this still life composition seems rather traditional in format, its enigmatic title and thumbprint signature bespeak the artist's Dada sensibility.

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