The Bush (Duchamp)

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The Bush
The Bush painting by Marcel Duchamp.jpg
ArtistMarcel Duchamp Edit this on Wikidata
Mediumoil paint, canvas
Dimensions127.3 cm (50.1 in) × 91.9 cm (36.2 in)
LocationPhiladelphia Museum of Art
Accession No.1950-134-51 Edit this on Wikidata

The Bush is a painting by Marcel Duchamp from 1910-1911. It is in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, that acquired it through The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection in 1950. Its first owner was Dr. Raymond Dumouchel, himself the subject of another 1910 painting by Duchamp, Portrait of Dr. Dumouchel.[1] One of the models may be Jeanne Serre, with whom Duchamp had a relationship and fathered a child, Yvonne,[2] who later became known as Yo Savy [fr]. Duchamp noted that the painting marks the beginning of a practice of attaching non-descriptive titles to his work: "Introduce some anecdote without being 'anecdotal'"; the painting did not illustrate a definite theme, but the title created "the possibility to invent a theme for it, afterwards."[2][3]

Duchamp included a facsimile of The Bush in the Boîte-en-valise.


  1. ^ "Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : The Bush". Philadelphia Museum of Art. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b "The Private Worlds of Marcel Duchamp". Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  3. ^ D'Harnoncourt, Anne; McShine, Kynaston; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) (1989). Marcel Duchamp. New York: Museum of Modern Art; distributed by New York Graphic Society, Greenwich, Conn. pp. 249. ISBN 0870702963.