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Untitled (Hand and Cigar), 1967

Marcel Duchamp

French, 1887-1968
Lithograph, Edition of 100, No. 90
27-1/4 x 19 in. (69.2 x 48.3 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Mr. John Coplans in homage to Mr. Walter Hopps
© 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Succession Marcel Duchamp Reproduction, including downloading of ARS works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Duchamp designed this poster based on a photograph he had taken of his outstretched arm, palm open, with a cigar inserted between his fingers. A puff of smoke rises above. The foreshortened perspective emphasizes the outward movement of his palm and the cigar. In addition to the suggestive overtones present in this image, the plume of smoke above has been likened to a nuclear mushroom cloud. Images of atomic explosions appeared on television and in news journals during the 1960s.

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