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Marcel Duchamp

Arnold T Rosenberg, 29 Nov 1931 - 21 Mar 2017
Marcel Duchamp, 28 Jul 1887 - 2 Oct 1968
Gelatin silver print
Sheet: 50.8 x 40.6cm (20 x 16")
Mat: 55.9 x 71.1cm (22 x 28")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Rochelle & Arnold Rosenberg
Restrictions & Rights
© Arnold Rosenberg
Object number
Marcel Duchamp: European\French
Exhibition Label
Marcel Duchamp cultivated a lifelong love for the game of chess and was an accomplished player. Arnold Rosenberg's portrait, which shows Duchamp as seen from below a sheet of glass on which chess pieces are arranged, seems to capture Duchamp involved in a game. However, the studied configuration of the chess pieces indicates that the photograph does not document a game, but instead consciously constructs a portrait of the artist. The perspective recalls Duchamp's works that require the viewer to look through sheets of glass, such as The Large Glass (1915-23) and To Be Looked at (from the Other Side of the Glass) with One Eye, Close to, for Almost an Hour) (1918). Rosenberg's photograph inverts the relationship between artist and viewer, for here it is Duchamp who is to be looked at through the glass.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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