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published correspondence

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  • CORRESPONDENCE
  • Duchamp's known correspondence amounts to more than 1,500 letters or other missives of various kinds. These have proven invaluable in documenting the chronological skeleton of his life and tracing his movements and actions, and have been exploited in the catalogue raisonné and major exhibition catalogues of his works, in biographical studies. However only a handful has been published. See also Archives and Collections.
  • In 2000 Francis Naumann and Hector Obalk have edited a selection of somewhat under one-fifth of this corpus, in a volume titled Affectionately, Marcel from the closing phrase that the artist habitually employed when writing to his friends.
  • Walter and Louise Arensberg
    'Marcel Duchamp's Letters to Walter and Louise Arensberg, 1917-1921' / introduction, translation and notes by Francis M. Naumann, in Dada/Surrealism no. 16 (1987) 203-227. Reprinted in Rudolf Kuenzli and Francis M. Naumann (eds.), Marcel Duchamp. Artist of the Century (MIT Press : Cambridge MA 1989) and in Affectionately, Marcel (Ghent 2000).
  • Constantin Brancusi
    'Correspondence avec Marcel Duchamp', in La dation Brancusi. Dessins et archives. Exposition présentée au Centre Pompidou, Galerie d'art graphique, 25 juin-15 septembre 2003 (Centre Pompidou : Paris 2003) 114-129. 91 Letters and postcards.
  • Victor Brauner
    'Marcel Duchamp à Victor Brauner', published in exhibition catalogue La Planète affolée. Surréalisme, dispersion et influences, 1938-1947 (Flammarion : Paris 1986) 57 [Letter dated Sanary 9.05.1942].
  • André Breton
    [Letter, 25 November 1922], in Marguerite Bonnet (éd.), André Breton. Oeuvres complètes Vol. 1 (Gallimard : Paris 1988) 1315.
  • [Letters 1938-1959], in Agnès Angliviel de la Beaumelle, Isabelle Monod-Fontaine, ... et al. (éd.), André Breton. La Beauté convulsive (Editions du Centre Pompidou : Paris 1991) 239, 346, 421-422.
  • Jean Crotti
    'Affectueusement, Marcel. Ten letters from Marcel Duchamp to Suzanne Duchamp and Jean Crotti' / ed. by Francis M. Naumann, in Archives of American Art Journal 22, nr. 4 (Spring 1983) 2-19. Reprinted in Affectionately, Marcel (Ghent 2000).
  • Katherine Dreier
    'Telegram to Katherine Dreier', in Anthony Hill (ed.), Duchamp. Passim. A Marcel Duchamp Anthology (Gordon & Breach Arts International : s.l. 1994) 80 [Dated 16.01.1948].
  • Enrico Donati
    [Letter 29 June 1961, Cadaquès], in Pleine marge 7 (June 1988) 33.
  • Suzanne Duchamp
    'Affectueusement, Marcel. Ten letters from Marcel Duchamp to Suzanne Duchamp and Jean Crotti' / ed. by Francis M. Naumann, in Archives of American Art Journal 22, nr. 4 (Spring 1983) 2-19. Reprinted in Affectionately, Marcel (Ghent 2000).
  • Jean Hélion
    Lettres / Marcel Duchamp, Jean Hélion; préface & notes Claude Rameil (Les Autodidactes : Paris 2000). 3 Letters from Duchamp and 1 letter from Hélion, dated 1936-1964.
  • Marcel Jean
    Herbert Molderings (Hrsg.), Marcel Duchamp. Briefe an Marcel Jean = Lettres à Marcel Jean = Letters to Marcel Jean / hrsg. von Herbert Molderings (Silke Schreiber : München 1987).
  • Frederick J. Kiesler
    [Telegram 14 July 1947], in David Prowler, A Telegram from Marcel Duchamp (Readymade Press : San Francisco 1990).
  • Robert Lebel
    '33 lettres et cartes à Robert Lebel (1955-1960) au sujet de Sur Marcel Duchamp' / éd. et ann. par André Gervais, in Les cahiers du Musée national d'art moderne no. 84 (Summer 2003) 14-47.
  • 'Extraits de la correspondence inédite de Marcel Duchamp à Robert Lebel', in Robert Lebel (éd.), Sur Marcel Duchamp / avec des textes de André Breton & H.P. Roché (Editions Trianon/Centre George Pompidou/Mazzotta : Paris 1996). Facs. dated 1953-1959.
  • [Telegram 4 may 1959, Perpignan], in Achille Bonito Oliva (ed.), Ubi Fluxus ibi Motus 1990-1962 (Mazzotta : Milan 1990) 84.
  • Jan van der Marck
    [Letter; Cadaqués 11 July 1967] reproduced in facsimile by Walter de Maria in 'Chicago Project', in S.M.S. No. 1 (February 1968).
  • Maria Martins
    See: Francis M. Naumann, 'Marcel & Maria', in Art in America (April 2001) 99.
  • Pierre de Massot
    'Quarante-trois lettres, pneumatiques et carte postales adressées à Pierre de Massot', in Etant donné no. 2 (1999) 86-96 [A pneumatique is a message placed in a cylindrical container and sent from one post office to another in Paris by means of an underground network of pressurized tubes].
  • Meret Oppenheim
    [Postcard 24 may 1936], in Bice Curriger, Meret Oppenheim. Spuren durchstandener Freiheit (ABC Verlag : Zürich 1982) 43.
  • Walter Pach
    Bennard B. Perlman (ed.), American artists, authors, and collectors. The Walter Pach letters, 1906-1958 (State University of New York Press : Albany NY 2002).
  • 'Amicalement, Marcel. Fourteen Letters from Marcel Duchamp to Walter Pach', in Archives of American Art Journal 29, no. 3/4 (1989) 36-50. Reprinted in Affectionately, Marcel (Ghent 2000).
  • Francis Picabia
    [4 letters, 1922-1923, to Francis Picabia], in Michel Sanouillet, Dada à Paris / Nouv. éd. rev. et corr.; établie par Anne Sanouillet (Flammarion : Paris 1993) 600-601.
  • Henri Pierre Roché
    Correspondance Marcel Duchamp - Henri Pierre Roché 1918-1959 (Éditions de Scarlett & Philippe Reliquet : Genève 2012) 304 p.
  • Guy Weelen
    'Un lettre inédit de Marcel Duchamp', in AICARC Bulletin 1 (1974) 1-2 [Letter dated New York 26 June 1955; facs.].
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  • LETTERS, POSTCARDS & TELEGRAMS 1912-1927
  • Neuilly, Munich, Paris | 1912-1915
  • 1.to Suzanne Duchamp[15 March 1912]Archives of American Art
    2.to Jacques Villon and family[26 September 1912]Duchamp-Archives, Villers-sous-Grez
    3.to Walter Pach3 July [1913]Archives of American Art
    4.to Walter Pach19 January 1915Archives of American Art
    5.to Walter Pach12 March [1915]Archives of American Art
    6.to Walter Pach2 April [1915]Archives of American Art
    7.to Walter Pach27 April [1915]Archives of American Art
    8.to Walter Pach21 May 1915Archives of American Art
  • Move to USA: New York | 1915-1918
  • 9.to Walter Pach[28 July 1915]Archives of American Art
    10.to John Quinn[5 November 1915]New York PL
    11.to Suzanne Duchamp15 January [1916]Archives of American Art
    12.to John Quinn[15 March 1916]NYPL
    13.to Suzanne Duchamp[17 October 1916]Archives of American Art
    14.to Katherine Dreier11 April [1917]Yale Collection of American Literature
    15.to Suzanne Duchamp11 April [1917]Archives of American Art
    16.to Ettie Stettheimer[9 August 1917]Yale Collection of American Literature
    17.to Louise Arensberg[24 August 1917]Philadelphia Museum of Art
    18.to sisters Stettheimer[8 October 1917]Yale Collection of American Literature
    19.to Jean Crotti8 July [1918]Archives of American Art
    20.to Henri-Pierre Roché[11 August 1918]Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
    21.to Francis Picabia13 August [1918]Jacques Doucet Literary Library
  • Buenos Aires | 1918-1919
  • 22.to Louise and Walter Arensberg[ca 21 August 1918]Philadelphia Museum of Art
    23.to sisters Stettheimer20 September [1918]Yale Collection of American Literature
    24.to Louise and Walter Arensberg[8 November 1918]Philadelphia Museum of Art
    25.to sisters Stettheimer[12 November 1918]Yale Collection of American Literature
    26.to Walter Pach15 November [1918]Archives of American Art
    27.to Louise Arensberg[7/10 January 1919]Philadelphia Museum of Art
    28.to sisters Stettheimer[ca 13 January 919]Yale Collection of American Literature
    29.to Louise and Walter Arensberg [end March 1919]Philadelphia Museum of Art
    30.to sisters StettheimerMay [1919]Estate of Joseph Solomon
    31.to Walter Pach[6 June 1919]Archives of American Art
    32.to Louise and Walter Arensberg15/20 June [1919]Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • New York, Paris, Rouen | 1919-1923
  • 33.to Walter Pachlate August [1919]Archives of American Art
    34.to Constantin Brancusi[fall 1919]MNAM Centre Georges Pompidou
    35.to Jean Crotti and Suzanne Duchampca 20 October [1920]Archives of American Art
    36.to Francis Picabia[20 January 1921]Jacques Doucet Literary Library
    37.to Tristan Tzara, Francis Picabia and Germaine Everling8 February [1921]Jacques Doucet Literary Library
    38.to Jean Crotti19 May [1921]Archives of American Art
    39.to Jean Crotti[1 June 1921]Jacques Doucet Literary Library
    40.to Ettie Stettheimerca 6 July [1921]Yale Collection of American Literature
    41.to sisters Stettheimer1 September [1921]Estate of Joseph Solomon
    42.to Louise and Walter Arensberg[15 November 1921]Philadelphia Museum of Art
    43.to Louise and Walter Arensberg[fall 1921]Philadelphia Museum of Art
    44.to Ettie Stettheimer3 January [1922]Yale Collection of American Literature
    45.to Pierre-Henri Rochéca 15 February [1922]Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
    46.to to Man Ray[April/May 1922]Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
    47.to Alfred Stieglitz[17 May 1922]Yale Collection of American Literature
    48.to Henry McBride[14 June 1922]Yale Collection of American Literature
    49.to Henry McBride[15 June 1922]Yale Collection of American Literature
    50.to Henry McBride[30 June 1922]Yale Collection of American Literature
    51.to Henry McBride[July(?) 1922]Yale Collection of American Literature
    52.to Ettie Stettheimer[9 July 1922]Yale Collection of American Literature
    53.to Yvonne Chastel15 July [1922(?)]Getty Research Institute
    54.to to Henry McBride[after July 1922]Yale Collection of American Literature
    55.to Man Ray[Summer 1922]Collection Attilio Codognato, Venice
    56.to Ettie and Carrie Stettheimer[11 August 1922]Yale Collection of American Literature
    57.to Man Ray[October(?) 1922]Collection Timothy Baum, New York
    58.to Tristan Tzara[October(?) 1922]Jacques Doucet Literary Library
    59.to Francis Picabia[November 1922]Jacques Doucet Literary Library
    60.to Francis Picabia8 December 1922Jacques Doucet Literary Library
    61.to Jacques and Gabrielle Villon25 December [1922]Duchamp-Archives, Villers-sous-Grez
    62.to Francis Picabia20 January [1923]Jacques Doucet Literary Library
  • Back to Europe: Brussels, Paris | 1923-1927
  • 63.to Francis Picabia[10 March 1923]Jacques Doucet Literary Library
    64.to sisters Stettheimer15 March [1923]Yale Collection of American Literature
    65.to Pierre de Massot25 March [1923]transcript from André Gervais
    66.to Ettie and Carrie Stettheimer26 July [1923]Yale Collection of American Literature
    67.to Pierre de Massot[ca 26 July 1923]transcript André Gervais
    68.to Jacques Doucet[26 October 1923]Jacques Doucet Literary Library
    69.to Francis Picabia[29 October 1923]Jacques Doucet Literary Library
    70.to Jacques Doucet[22 December 1923]Jacques Doucet Literary Library
    71.to Ettie Stettheimer[1 January 1924]Yale Collection of American Literature
    72.to Jacques Doucet28 February 1924Jacques Doucet Literary Library
    73.to Jacques Doucet[6 March 1924]Jacques Doucet Literary Library
    74.to Jacques Doucet31 March 1924Jacques Doucet Literary Library
    75.to Francis Picabia[17 April 1924]Jacques Doucet Literary Library
    76.to Jacques Doucet[14 September 1924]Jacques Doucet Literary Library
    77.to Jacques Doucet[14 September 1924]Jacques Doucet Literary Library
    78.to Jacques Doucet[22 September 1924]Jacques Doucet Literary Library
    79.to Jacques Doucet[14 September - 2 October 1924]Jacques Doucet Literary Library
    80.to Jacques Doucet[20 October 1924]Jacques Doucet Literary Library
    81.to Jacques Doucet[31 October 1924]Jacques Doucet Literary Library
    82.to Jacques Doucet16 January 1925Jacques Doucet Literary Library
    83.to Ettie Stettheimer27 March [or May (?) 1925]Yale Collection of American Literature
    84.to Jacques Doucet[9/16/23 or 30 June 1925]Jacques Doucet Literary Library
    85.to Jacques Doucet19 October [1925]Jacques Doucet Literary Library
    86.to Constantin Brancusi[4 - 28 December 1925]MNAM Centre Georges Pompidou
    87.to Jacques Doucet27 January 1926Jacques Doucet Literary Library
    88.to Jacques Doucet9 March [1926]Jacques Doucet Literary Library
    89.to Ettie Stettheimer[23 August 1926]Yale Collection of American Literature
    90.to Constantin Brancusi7 October [1926]MNAM centre Georges Pompidou
    91.to Henry McBride[17 November - 15 December 1926]Yale Collection of American Literature
    92.to Constantin Brancusi31 December 1926MNAM centre Georges Pompidou
  • SOURCE
    Francis M. Naumann and Hector Obalk (eds.), Affectionately, Marcel. The selected correspondence of Marcel Duchamp / translation by Jill Taylor (Ludion Press : Ghent 2000) 21-160.
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  • ANTHOLOGIES
  • Francis M. Naumann and Hector Obalk (eds.)
    Affectionately, Marcel. The selected correspondence of Marcel Duchamp / translation by Jill Taylor (Ludion Press : Ghent 2000).
  • André Gervais (ed.)
    Lettres sur l'art et ses alentours 1916-1956 / réunis & annotées par André Gervais (Paris 2006) 56 p.
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  • IMAGE CREDITS
    banner: portrait Marcel Duchamp [Photo Richard Avedon].