Apolinère Enameled

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Apolinère Enameled
Apolinère Enameled by Marcel Duchamp.jpg
Artist Marcel Duchamp
Year 1916-17 (1916-17)
Medium Gouache and graphite on painted tin, mounted on cardboard
Dimensions 24.4 cm × 34 cm (9.6 in × 13 in)
Location Philadelphia Museum of Art
Accession 1950-134-73

Apolinère Enameled was painted in 1916-17 by Marcel Duchamp, as a heavily altered version of an advertisement for paint ("Sapolin Enamel").[1] The picture depicts a girl painting a bed-frame with white enamelled paint. The depiction of the frame deliberately includes conflicting perspective lines, to produce an impossible object. To emphasise the deliberate impossibility of the shape, a piece of the frame is missing. The piece is sometimes referred to as Duchamp's "impossible bed" painting.

Apolinère is a play-on-words referencing the poet, writer and art critic Guillaume Apollinaire, a close associate of Duchamp during the Cubist adventure.[1] Apollinaire wrote about Duchamp (and others) in his book The Cubist Painters, Aesthetic Meditations of 1913.[2]

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