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Apolinère Enameled
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Apolinère Enameled

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

Geography:
Made in United States, North and Central America

Date:
1916-1917

Medium:
Gouache and graphite on painted tin, mounted on cardboard

Dimensions:
9 5/8 x 13 3/8 inches (24.4 x 34 cm)

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

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 282, Modern and Contemporary Art, second floor (d’Harnoncourt Gallery)

Accession Number:
1950-134-73

Credit Line:
The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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Label:
Duchamp added pencil, paint, and cardboard to a painted tin advertisement for Sapolin enamel, an industrial paint, to create this “assisted” readymade. The sign’s manipulated lettering, a pun on the name of his friend Guillaume Apollinaire, the French writer and art critic, wryly calls attention to the readymade’s implicit critique of traditional painting.


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