Mar 23, 2023 - Sale 2630

Sale 2630 - Lot 125

Price Realized: $ 7,800
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 7,000 - $ 10,000
The Chess Players.

Color offset lithograph, 1967. 460x463 mm; 18 1/4x18 1/2 inches, full margins. The deluxe edition, before letters on Arches wove paper. Signed and numbered 29/50 in pencil, lower margin. Printed by Mourlot, Paris. Published by the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, for the exhibition, "Marcel Duchamp / Raymond Duchamp-Villon," June 7-July 2, 1967. A very good impression of this scarce print with strong colors.

This print is based on Duchamp's (1887-1968) same-titled oil on canvas from 1911 now at the Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges-Pompidou, Paris.

According to a synopsis of the catalogue Marcel Duchamp, the Art of Chess, by Naumann and Bailey, New York, 2009, "Duchamp was both an artist and a chess player, but until now, little was known of his chess activities. In analyzing Duchamp's games--seeing how he reacted in specific situations during play--we can better understand how his mind worked, and gain insight into the strategies that motivated his work as an artist. Duchamp saw a correlation between art and chess, and actively sought opportunities to combine the two seemingly unrelated disciplines. Not only did he love the game, but he was aware of the reputation of chess as an intensely cerebral pursuit, and to the end of his life, he remained committed to challenging the French adage 'd'etre bete comme un peintre' ('to be stupid like a painter'), raising his art to equivalently complex, intellectual heights".