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Portrait (Dulcinea)

This work is an erotic examination of time and movement, a portrait of a mysterious woman that Duchamp noticed on the street and imagined in various states of undress. Studying Étienne-Jules Marey's (French, 1830 - 1904) and Eadweard Muybridge's (American (born England), 1830 - 1904) experiments in chronophotography and beginning to develop a formal language for depicting motion in painting, Duchamp portrayed his invented character of Dulcinea here in five successive positions-each bearing less clothing, as if stripped over time. Presenting a series of static images to resemble the frames of a motion picture, Duchamp invites the viewer to animate them mentally into a fluid movement. The resulti...
Oil on canvas
146.4 x 114.0cm
Image © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Association Marcel Duchamp
Text © Philadelphia Museum of Art

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