Portrait of Professor Gosset

Raymond Duchamp-Villon (Pierre-Maurice-Raymond Duchamp), French, 1876 - 1918

Date:
c. 1917-18

Medium:
Plaster

Dimensions:
4 x 2 7/8 x 2 5/8 inches (10.2 x 7.3 x 6.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Modern Art

Object Location:

* Gallery 186, Modern and Contemporary Art, first floor

Accession Number:
1950-134-84

Credit Line:
The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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Label:
Probably the sculptor's last work, this portrait depicts the army doctor who attended Duchamp-Villon after he contracted typhoid fever at the front. The tiny disembodied head is reduced to the form of a skull with sunken eye sockets and a dark, pitted surface. It seems to reveal the artist's sense of his own mortality as he approached an untimely death.


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