Lot 107
  • 107

Marcel Duchamp

20,000 - 30,000 EUR
35,000 EUR
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  • Marcel Duchamp
  • Prière de toucher, le Surréalisme en 1947
  • Numbered 225 of 999 examples on the edition justification page
  • hand-coloured foam-rubber breast, mounted on black velvet and affixed to the pink cardboard cover of the catalogue Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme, présenté par André Breton et Marcel Duchamp, otherwise known as Le Surréalisme en 1947.
  • 24.6 x 21.2 x 4 cm; 9 5/8 x 8 1/4 x 1 1/2 in.


Galerie 1900-2000, Paris
Acquired from the above by Dr. Arthur Brandt on October 3, 2001


Boone, Turchin Center for the Arts, The Omnipotent Dream: Man Ray, Confluences and Influences, 2003, illustrated in the catalogue p. 24, listed p. 34
Ithaca, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, A Private Eye: Dada, Surrealism and More from the Brandt Collection, 2006, illustrated in the catalogue p. 37


Robert Lebel, Sur Marcel Duchamp, Paris, 1959, illustration of another version pl. 118
Arturo Schwarz, The Complete Works of Marcel Duchamp, London, 1997, vol. II, no. 523, illustration of another example from the edition p. 788
Francis M. Naumann, Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Making Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, New York, 1999, fig. 6.23, illustration in colour of another example p. 167

Catalogue Note

The exhibition catalogue, presented in a cardboard slip-case, contains numerous lithographs, etchings and woodcuts by several of the participating artists, including Miro, Ernst, Brauner, Tanguy, Calder and Matta. Label affixed to the back cover of the publication: PRIERE DE TOUCHER. This deluxe publication is one of 950 copies of Le Surréalisme en 1947, the catalogue published in conjunction with the exhibition held at the Galerie Maeght, Paris in 1947. A further 49 copies were co-signed by André Breton and Marcel Duchamp. The deluxe edition's cover was ornamented with a false, foam-rubber breast, mounted on black velvet (number unknown), while the regular trade edition contained the photograph of an actual human breast. The covers with the foam breast and the label PRIERE DE TOUCHER were assembled in New York in 1947 by Duchamp, in collaboration with the Italian-born American painter Enrico Donati. There were many hundreds to prepare and Donati remarked "By the end, we were fed up but we got the job done" later recalling that "I had never thought I would get tired of handling so many breasts" to which Duchamp retorted "Maybe that's the whole idea".