Marcel Duchamp - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | Phillips
  • Literature

    see Arturo Schwartz 557a and 565
    Francis M. Naumann, Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Making Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, p. 198.

  • Catalogue Essay

    These posters were issued to celebrate the publication of the deluxe edition of Robert Lebel's monograph on Duchamp and catalogue raisonné of his oeuvre, Sur Marcel Duchamp and for the occasion of the the related exhibition (5-30 May 1959) at La Hune bookstore in Paris.

    The title Marcel dechiravit incorporates the invented word 'dechiravit', a contraction of the French verb déchirer (to tear) and the adverb vite (quick). It alludes to the process Duchamp employed to create Self-Portrait in Profile - for each version the artist tore from a sheet of colored paper his profile portrait using a metal template outlining his profile. It is also a word play on the method of classical artists who signed their graphic work 'delineavit et sculpsit.' (who 'drew and carved' the work)

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Poster after 'Self-Portrait in Profile' (see S. 557a and 565)

Screenprint in red, on black Montgolfier paper, with full margins.
I. 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (20 x 20 cm)
S. 25 5/8 x 19 3/4 in. (65.1 x 50.2 cm)

Signed and numbered 9/30 in red ink (there were also editions in blue and also with text), published by Librairie La Hune, Paris, framed.

$10,000 - 15,000 

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Editions & Works on Paper

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