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Couple of Laundress's Aprons

Marcel Duchamp

(Blainville, France, 1887 - 1968, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France)

1959

Readymade of cloth, fur and zipper

14 in. x 21 in. (35.56 cm x 53.34 cm)

Gift of John Coplans

1979.9 a,b

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Duchamp’s humorous assemblage of cloth, fur and zippers reduces the two different genders to mere organs. For Duchamp, a Frenchman forced by war to live in the United States, such a work was also an assault on what he regarded as puritanical American sensibilities.

Marks

Signed on verso on piece of laundry tape in ink: "Marcel Duchamp 59"

Keywords
French
Ready made
Sculpture
United States