Three Nonstandard Stoppages: #4

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March 17, 2023 by tsk2001

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Apolinère Enameled


Marcel Duchamp (American (born France), 1887–1968)

Duchamp added pencil, paint, and cardboard to a painted tin advertisement for Sapolin enamel, an industrial paint, to create this “assisted” readymade. The sign’s manipulated lettering, a pun on the name of his friend Guillaume Apollinaire, the French writer and art critic, wryly calls attention to the readymade’s implicit critique of traditional painting.

Object Details

Title:Apolinère Enameled
Artist:Marcel Duchamp (American (born France), 1887–1968)
Medium:Gouache and graphite on painted tin, mounted on cardboard
Dimensions:9 5/8 x 13 3/8 inches (24.4 x 34 cm)
Credit Line:The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950
Accession Number:1950-134-73
Geography:Made in United StatesNorth and Central America


Louise Arensberg (1879-1953) and Walter C. Arensberg (1878-1954), Los Angeles, by c. 1918 [1].1. Visible in a photo of the Arensbergs’ New York apartment taken by Charles Sheeler c. 1918. The Arensbergs moved from New York to Los Angeles in 1921.


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