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

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

Date: 1934

Medium: Box containing collotype reproductions on various papers

Dimensions: overall: 13 x 11 1/8 x 1 in. (33 x 28.3 x 2.5 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: Anonymous gift, 2002

Accession Number: 2002.42a–vvvv

Rights and Reproduction: © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


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.