Marcel Duchamp. Network of Stoppages. Paris, 1914

Marcel Duchamp

Network of Stoppages

Paris, 1914

Oil and pencil on canvas
58 5/8" x 6' 5 5/8" (148.9 x 197.7 cm)
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund and gift of Mrs. William Sisler
Object number
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Estate of Marcel Duchamp
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
Marcel Duchamp has 45 works online.
There are 2,312 paintings online.

In 3 Standard Stoppages, Duchamp had explored the possibility of adjusting the metric standard through a random procedure. In this large canvas he complicated that idea, multiplying the curves of the fallen threads from 3 Standard Stoppages by reproducing each one three times and positioning them in a diagrammatic arrangement. He also made the work by painting over the images on a canvas he had already used, those images being a female figure and a schematic, quasi-mechanical drawing of his ongoing project The Large Glass. The visible and semivisible layers of Network of Stoppages seem to contrast three representational systems: traditional figuration, chance operations, and the diagram, which maps the world without picturing it.

Gallery label from Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925, December 23, 2012–April 15, 2013

This work is included in the Provenance Research Project, which investigates the ownership history of works in MoMA's collection.
Joseph Stella (1877-1946), New York. Before 1946
Frederick Kiesler (1890–1965), New York. Acquired from Stella [before 1946]
Julian Levy, New York (Kiesler’s agent)
Patricia Kane Matta (1923-1972), who became Mrs. Pierre Matisse in 1949, New York
Pierre Matisse, New York
Cordier & Ekstrom, Inc., New York. [Likely acquired from Pierre Matisse]
Mrs. William Sisler (Mary Sisler), New York, N.Y. and Palm Beach, Florida. Purchased from Cordier & Ekstrom, 1964 – 1970
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund and gift of Mrs. William Sisler, 1970

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