The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Green Box)

Marcel Duchamp (American (born France), Blanville 1887–1968 Neuilly-sur-Seine)

September, 1934
Box containing collotype reproductions on various papers
overall: 13 x 11 1/8 x 1 in. (33 x 28.3 x 2.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Anonymous gift, 2002
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Description

    This edition of selected notes details the ideas and thought processes behind Duchamp's ground-breaking work The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass) (1915-23). The haphazard appearance of the box’s contents belies the care Duchamp took in its creation: he painstakingly tore collotype reproductions along the edges of custom-made templates in the shape of ninety-three notes originally written on stray scraps of paper. The results offer viewers the opportunity to become active participants in the notes’ arrangement and interpretation.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Printed inside box cover spine: cette boîte doit contenir 93 documents (photos, dessins et / notes manuscrites des années 1991-15) ainsi qu'une planche en couleurs.

  • References

    André Breton, "Phare de la Mariée." Minotaure (Paris), 2, no. 6 (winter 1935): pp. 45-49. First English translation in View (New York) 5, no. 1 (March 1945): 6-9, 13.

    Marcel Duchamp, The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even: a Typographic Version by Richard Hamilton of Marcel Duchamp's "Green Box." New York: Wittenborn, 1960.

    Robert Lebel, Sur Marcel Duchamp. With additional texts by André Breton and Henri-Pierre Roché. Paris: Trianon, 1959.

    Arturo Schwarz, The Complete Works of Marcel Duchamp. New York: Narry N. Abrams, 1969. Revised edition, 1996.

    Arturo Schwarz, ed., Marcel Duchamp: Notes and Projects for "The Large Glass." London: Thames and Hudson, 1969.

    Calvin Tomkins, Duchamp: A Biography. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1996.

  • See also