L'œuvre Fontaine - Centre Pompidou



Keywords :


À propos de l'œuvre

© Centre Pompidou 2013

À propos de l'œuvre

Marcel Duchamp (1887 - 1968)



1917 / 1964

Faïence blanche recouverte de glaçure céramique et de peinture

38 x 48 x 63,5 cm

Cette réplique, exécutée d'après la photographie de l'original prise en 1917 par Alfred Stieglitz, et réalisée sous la direction de Marcel Duchamp en 1964 par la Galerie Schwarz de Milan, en constitue la 3e version.

L'original (perdu) a été réalisé à New York en 1917.


Achat, 1986

Numéro d'inventaire : AM 1986-295

More info

Description for the presentation 2015-2016 in the National Museum of Modern Art

In New York, in 1917, Marcel Duchamp presented a urinal to the hanging committee of the annual exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists to which he belonged, to put to the test its founding principle, to reject no work. Displayed on its back, titled Fountain, and signed R. Mutt, it laid claim to being a work of art. The submission divided the committee, which decided not to show it. Photographed by Albert Stieglitz before it vanished, Fountain entered posterity as the herald of the readymade, a radical innovation that inaugurated an art of ideas. The piece in the Museum’s collection...

 read more

Public Services Department

Description for the presentation in the National Museum of Modern Art

Marcel Duchamp bought a urinal, signed it “Richard Mutt”, dubbed it the Fontaine and presented it as a work of art.

He then sent it to a New York gallery, where it was rejected. The jury was not yet prepared to admit this provocative artwork. Duchamp called it “ready-made”: elevating an industrial object to “work of art” status, simply because the artist chose it. This simple act conferred a new viewpoint for the artistic object. What is the artist’s role? How do you define “work of art” in the age of film, photography, and industry? Does it still have to be beautiful, unique? Hand-made? No...

 read more

Autre reproduction de l'œuvre

les événements