Katherine S. Dreier. Abstract Portrait of Marcel Duchamp. 1918

Katherine S. Dreier Abstract Portrait of Marcel Duchamp 1918

  • MoMA, Floor 5, 508 The David Geffen Wing

Dreier described her painting of Marcel Duchamp as a “psychological portrait” that captures his character through color and form. The two artists were lifelong friends, and it seems he liked the way she depicted him: it was Duchamp who encouraged MoMA to acquire Dreier’s painting. In 1920 they cofounded the Société Anonyme, which organized numerous exhibitions of European and American modern art. Dreier also amassed a private collection featuring an array of artists. Upon her death, she made Duchamp an executor of her estate, enabling him to gift artworks to MoMA, including many of his own.

Gallery label from 2019
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
18 x 32" (45.7 x 81.3 cm)
Credit
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund
Object number
279.1949
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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1949, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, purchased from the artist, Milford, Connecticut.

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