[Duchamp with Glider]

Object Details


[Duchamp with Glider]


Man Ray (American, 1890 - 1976)






Gelatin silver print


8.6 x 15.4 cm (3 3/8 x 6 1/16 in.)


© Man Ray Trust ARS-ADAGP

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As Man Ray told it in his autobiography, one day in 1915 the French artist Marcel Duchamp appeared at the door of his house, and despite a language barrier the two artists quickly recognized one another as kindred spirits. A lifelong friendship was begun, and they collaborated on a variety of projects.

In 1917 Duchamp made The Water Mill Within Glider, a painting on glass now at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as a study for his work Large Glassof 1915 to 1923. Man Ray made this photograph later in Paris after Duchamp had framed the Water Millfor delivery to his buyer. Lying flat on the table, Duchamp posed in a way that makes him an integral part of the composition. An inscription on the back of the print indicates that the image of the sculpture was cut out of the photographic print by Duchamp, who trimmed away the background of the studio, then turned the picture vertically to make it seem as though he were bracing the glass.

Rare States and Unusual Subjects: Photographs by Paul Strand, Andre Kertesz, and Man Ray (July 7 to September 6, 1987)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), July 7 to September 6, 1987
Perpetual Motif: The Art of Man Ray (December 2, 1988 to January 7, 1990)
  • National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution (Washington), December 2, 1988 to February 20, 1989
  • Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), March 19 to May 28, 1989
  • The Menil Collection (Houston), June 30 to September 17, 1989
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia), October 14, 1989 to January 7, 1990
The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today (August 1, 2010 to May 15, 2011)
  • The Museum of Modern Art (New York), August 1 to November 1, 2010
  • Kunsthaus Zürich (Zurich), February 25 to May 15, 2011