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Paintings by the ‘other’ Duchamp on display

Three recently conserved paintings by Suzanne Duchamp’s are on display together for the first time since their arrival to the Wright Museum.

The name Duchamp has a prominent place in art history. The family included four artists: Jacques Villon, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Marcel Duchamp and ‘the other Duchamp’, their sister, Suzanne Duchamp.

This modern woman artist was a prominent presence in the French avant-garde of her time and produced a significant body of work over a period of five decades, reflecting her concerns about modern society, the effects of war, and her role as a modern woman and artist.

Three paintings recently conserved by the Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC) with funds from an IMLS Inspire! Grant have been put on display together for the first time since their arrival to the museum in the 90s, and all date from the last phase of Suzanne Duchamp’s career.

Restored, they illustrate her merit to incorporate elements from different art styles into a personal expression of her reality. These works are accompanied by two additional pieces by Suzanne Duchamp and texts by Art Historian Emma Anquinet.

August 24, 2021
  • Au Coin de Ciel Bleu, 1962, Oil on canvas, 39 3/8 x 28 3/8 inches, Signed and dated lower center, Gift of Nathaniel and Lana Grey, 1997.4.15.

    Verso: Au coin de ciel bleu, Suzanne Duchamp / 5 rue Parmentier Neuilly/ Seine; Label, Cubistes et Néo-Cubistes; written twice on stretcher, “Sociètaire” (member); Label, Salon des Indépendants 1962

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