Modern and Contemporary Art
1962 cast of 1951 copper-electroplated plaster original
Marcel Duchamp, American (born France), 1887 - 1968
Bronze with inlaid lead rib
1981-87-1Gift of Arne Ekstrom, 1981
LabelWhile 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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