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Feuille de vigne femelle (Female Fig Leaf)

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

1961 cast of 1950 copper-electroplated plaster original


3 1/2 x 5 3/4 x 5 inches (8.9 x 14.6 x 12.7 cm)

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

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Mme Marcel Duchamp, 1976

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While secretly working "underground" on his final masterpiece, Étant donnés, Duchamp claimed that he had given up art for chess. Mysterious objects nevertheless emerged, hinting that the artist was indeed at work on another project. This enigmatic molded item in bronze alludes to human anatomy and offers insight into the working process involved in the making of Étant donnés.

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