Portrait of Dr. Dumouchel

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Portrait of Dr. Dumouchel
Marcel Duchamp Portrait of Dr.Dumouchel 220x340.jpg
ArtistMarcel Duchamp Edit this on Wikidata
Mediumoil paint, canvas
LocationPhiladelphia Museum of Art
Accession No.1950-134-508 Edit this on Wikidata

Portrait of Dr. Dumouchel is a 1910 painting by Marcel Duchamp. Raymond Dumouchel was a former schoolmate and a student in Radiology, an emerging field at the time (X-rays had been discovered in 1895). Duchamp painted the left hand of Dumouchel surrounded by an aura, suggestive of both the rays he worked with and his healing powers. [1][2][3]

In a letter to the Arensbergs, Duchamp writes: "The portrait is very colourful (red and green) and has a note of humour which indicated my future direction to abandon mere retinal painting."[4]

Duchamp included a facsimile of the painting in the Boîte-en-valise.[5]


  1. ^ Art, Philadelphia Museum of. "Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Portrait of Dr. Dumouchel". www.philamuseum.org. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  2. ^ Henderson, Linda Dalrymple (1988). "X Rays and the Quest for Invisible Reality in the Art of Kupka, Duchamp, and the Cubists". Art Journal. 47 (4): 323–340. doi:10.2307/776982. JSTOR 776982.
  3. ^ Clair, Jean; Duchamp, Marcel (1977). Duchamp et la photographie: essai d'analyse d'un primat technique sur le développement d'une œuvre (in French). Chêne. pp. 19–25. ISBN 9782851081209.
  4. ^ Beekman, Klaus (1989). Marcel Duchamp. Rodopi. ISBN 978-0921251521.
  5. ^ Demos, T. J. (2002). "Duchamp's Boîte-en-valise: Between Institutional Acculturation and Geopolitical Displacement". Grey Room (8): 7–37. JSTOR 1262606.