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  • Catalogue Essay

    Jacqueline Matisse Monnier and the Association Marcel Duchamp have confirmed the authenticity of this artwork and will issue a certificate to the buyer.

    On his way to Rouen by train, Marcel Duchamp watched the passing snow-covered landscape, with the twinkling lights of distant houses. Upon reaching his destination, he then purchased a reproduction of this view from a local artists’ supply store, to which, in his words, he "simply added two dots - a red and a green – which indicated the pharmaceutical jars that one sees." Duchamp takes the reproduced landscape and, with the smallest of interventions (the application of the coloured dots), he creates a 'rectified readymade': part observation, part imagination, and part found object.


Pharmacie, from View

Collotype in colours with hand-colouring in gouache, on wove paper, the full sheet, mounted to the front free endpaper of View, The Modern Magazine, Marcel Duchamp Number, Series V, No. 1, New York (as issued),
collotype S. 22 x 15.6 cm (8 5/8 x 6 1/8 in.)
support S. 32.5 x 25.2 cm (12 3/4 x 9 7/8 in.)

signed, dated '45' and numbered 86/100 in pencil on the support, framed.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £15,000

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London Auction 21 January 2016 2pm & 6pm