Objet-dard (Dart-object)

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

1962, cast of 1951 copper-electroplated plaster original

Bronze with silver-colored paint

2 7/8 x 9 1/2 x 5 1/8 inches (7.3 x 24.1 x 13 cm)

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

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Arne Ekstrom, 1981

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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.