Marcel déchiravit—"Marcel tore this quickly"—reads the inscription of this work made for deluxe copies of Robert Lebel’s Sur Marcel Duchamp. Placing a specially fabricated zinc template of his silhouette against squares of origami paper, Duchamp tore 137 self-portraits by hand, one for each copy. The torn sheets were then mounted on velvet-covered paperboard and attached as frontispieces. Although the Metropolitan’s self-portrait is numbered differently than other examples from the deluxe edition, traces of reddish brown linen on the underside matches that edition’s red linen case, indicating that it was likely detached from such a box. Self-Portrait in Profile became one of Duchamp’s best known late works, appearing in exhibition posters and inspiring homages by Jasper Johns and Ray Johnson.
Inscription: Inscribed (on white paper, lower right, in pen and ink): marcel dechiravit
William S. Lieberman, New York (until d. 2005; his bequest to MMA)
Pasadena Art Museum. "Marcel Duchamp, Pasadena Art Museum: a retrospective exhibition," October 8–November 3, 1963, no. 106 (lent by Mr. and Mrs. William Copley, New York).
Milan. Galleria Schwarz. "Marcel Duchamp: Ready–Mades, etc. (1913–1964)," June 5–September 30, 1964 (travel to Bern, London, The Hauge, Eindhoven, and Hannover 1964–65), no. 31 (ed. no. 58 exhibited).
New York. Cordier & Ekstrom, Inc. "Not Seen and/or Less Seen of/by Marcel Duchamp/Rrose Selavy, 1904-64," January 14–February 13, 1965, no. M27 (ed. no. 52 exhibited, along with Lebel's Sur Marcel Duchamp, deluxe edition).
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. "Not Seen and/or Less Seen of/by Marcel Duchamp/Rrose Selavy, 1904-64," February 23–March 28, 1965, no. M27.
Milan. Galleria Schwarz. "Marcel Duchamp: 66 Creative Years: From the First Painting to the Last Drawing: Over 260 Items," December 12, 1972–February 28, 1973, no. 156 [ill. reversed with cat. no. 159? ed. no. 95 ill.?].
Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Marcel Duchamp," September 22–November 11, 1973, no. 269.
Museum of Modern Art, New York. "Marcel Duchamp," December 3, 1973–February 10, 1974, no. 269.
Art Institute of Chicago. "Marcel Duchamp," March 9–April 21, 1974, no. 269.
Paris. Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou. "Marcel Duchamp," January 31–May 2, 1977, no. 160 (as "Autoportrait de profil," personalized ed. exhibited with signature "Marcel Dechiravit pour Robert Lebel"; lent by Robert Lebel, Paris).
Washington D.C. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. "Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture," March 27–August 2, 2009, no. 58.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paper Trails: Selected Works from the Collection, 1934–2001," July 19–November 27, 2011, no catalogue.
Robert Lebel. Marcel Duchamp. New York, 1959, p. iii, no. 202, ill. p. 176.
Walter Hopps. Marcel Duchamp: A Retrospective Exhibition. Exh. cat.Pasadena, CA., 1963, unpaginated (cat.no.106).
Walter Hopps, and Ulf Linde, and Arturo Schwarz Galleria Schwarz. Marcel Duchamp: Ready Mades, Etc. (1913-1964). Milan, 1964, p.82 (cat.no.31) [ed. no. 58 listed].
Not Seen and/or Less Seen of/by Marcel Duchamp/Rrose Sélavy, 1904-64. Exh. cat.New York, 1964, unpaginated (cat. no. M27).
Arturo Schwarz. Marcel Duchamp: 66 creative years: From the First Painting to the Last Drawing: Over 260 Items. Exh. cat., Galleria Schwarz. Milan, 1972, illus.p. 69, no. 156.
Anne D'Harnoncourt and Kynaston McShine. Marcel Duchamp. Exh. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art. New York and Philadelphia, 1973, pp. 38, 310-11(cat. nos.174 and 269), single version dedicated to Julian Levy.
Patricia Kaplan. ""On Jasper Johns' According to What"." Art Journal 35 (Spring 1976), pp. 247-50, as "per Johns, 'Myself Torn to Pieces'".
Jean Clair. Catalogue Raisonné. II, L'Oeuvre de Marcel Duchamp. 1977, p. 131, no. 160, ill., (as "Autoportrait de Profil," with signature "Marcel Dechiravit pour Robert Lebel").
Robert Lebel. Sur Marcel Duchamp. Paris, 1996, p. 176, no. 176, ill. p. iii, calls is "Auto–Portrait de profil".
Arturo Schwarz. The Complete Works of Marcel Duchamp. 3rd rev. ed. (1st ed., 1969). New York, 1997, vol. 2, pp. 811–12, no. 557, ill.
Francis M. Naumann. Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Making Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. New York, 1999, pp. 188–92, 195–98, 219, 277 no. 7.19, ill. p. 189, fig. 7.19.
Anne Collins Goodyear and James W. McManus. Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture. Exh. cat., National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Cambridge, 2009, p.223, pl.58.