Victor Obsatz - Photographs New York Wednesday, April 1, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Fundación Proa & Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paolo, Brasil, Marcel Duchamp, cover & p. 74; Gervais, André, C'est Marcel Duchamp dans la fantaisie heureuse de l'histoire, p. 372; Moeller Fine Art, Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Making Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, flyleaf; Naumann, Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Making Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, p. 202; Lebel, Marcel Duchamp, front cover, back cover, fig. 44 & p. 63

  • Catalogue Essay

    In March 1953, the Greenwich Village photograph and book dealer Michael Freilich asked 27 year-old Victor Obsatz to photograph Marcel Duchamp in his apartment on West 14th Street. The resulting photograph, a double exposure, became one of the most popular and sought after portraits of the influential artist.


Portrait of Marcel Duchamp

Gelatin silver print, printed later.
13 5/8 x 10 1/2 in. (34.6 x 26.7 cm).
Signed, titled and dated in ink on the verso.

$1,800 - 2,200 

Sold for $3,500


1 April 2009, 10am & 2pm
New York