Mustache and Beard of L.H.O.O.Q.

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  • Condition Report

  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Midwest

  • Literature

    Arturo Schwarz 483
    Francis Naumann, The Art of Making Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, no. #5.33
    Achim Moeller Fine Art, Marcel Duchamp exhibition catalogue, October 1999, Naumann, p. 13 (illustrated as fig. 6) and p. 26 as no. 40

  • Catalogue Essay

    The same metal stencil was used to apply the mustache and beard to Leonardo's Mona Lisa in his 1940 edition of L.H.O.O.Q. in The Box in a Valise.

    See phillips.com for additional images of this work.

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Mustache and Beard of L.H.O.O.Q.

1941
Pochoir in graphite (slightly smeared, as issued) on wove paper, tipped onto a single sheet of Havane de Montval laid paper, including title page, justification and poem by Georges Hugnet in blue letterpress, folded and scored (as issued), creating a booklet.
pochoir sheet 1 5/8 x 2 1/2 in. (4.1 x 6.4 cm)
folded 3 7/8 x 5 3/4 in. (9.8 x 14.6 cm)
unfolded 7 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. (19.1 x 29.2 cm)

Signed by Marcel Duchamp in black ink, also signed by Georges Hugnet and numbered 9/20 in red ink (from the very rare signed edition of 20, aside from the unsigned edition of 200, there were also 6 on Japanese paper), published by Georges Hugnet, Paris, framed folded.

Estimate
$6,000 - 9,000 

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New York Auction 25 October 2019