Marcel Duchamp

Monte Carlo Bond

1924-1938
While this image of Marcel Duchamp - a photograph taken by Man Ray - may not be a clear-cut example of self-portraiture, its ambiguity is certainly in the spirit of artist’s ceaseless probing of the definition of art. Duchamp designed and issued the print as a bond to raise money for what he purported to be an infallible roulette system. In the photograph, Duchamp styled himself as Pan, son of the mythical gambling god, Hermes, by covering his head with shaving cream and shaping his hair into little horns.
Title
Monte Carlo Bond
Date
1924-1938
Medium
Print
Materials
offset lithograph in red, black, green, and yellow on wove paper
Dimensions
31.9 x 21.8 cm irregular; image: 31.4 x 20.3 cm irregular
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 1975
Accession number
18395