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Graphic design projects, circa 1916-1959, undated


Scope and Contents

This subseries primarily contains documention of several of Duchamp's design projects for magazine and exhibition catalog covers. Of particular note are 39 film stills of lovers kissing used by Duchamp as a model for his 1945 "Objects of My Affection" catalog cover, and two photographs, one of Duchamp's French military booklet and the other of a smoking wine bottle, which document separate elements Duchamp combined in his cover for the Duchamp issue of View magazine. The subseries also includes the bookplate Duchamp designed for the Mary Reynolds Collection and a graphite diagram of a portion of Duchamp's 1913 "Bachelor Apparatus," which he presumably sketched in order to plan for the work's reproduction in "The Green Box."


  • circa 1916-1959, undated

Language of Materials

From the Collection:

Predominantly in English with some material in French.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. David Sylvester's typescript for the article "Bicycle Parts" can only be consulted with permission of the author's estate.


From the Collection: 18 linear feet




Repository Details

Part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Library and Archives Repository

Philadelphia Museum of Art
PO Box 7646
Philadelphia PA 19101-7646 United States