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Marcel Duchamp, "Pocket Chess Set" (1943).
Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Chess

Francis M. Naumann Fine Art , LLC
September 10 October 30, 2009

Marcel Duchamp had a long and intense interest in chess. As early as 1911, he traced patterns of chess pieces in his drawings, on his studio walls (at the rue Larrey, Paris), or on vertically-mounted boards. Several years later it was rumored that he had largely abandoned art in favor of studying the endgame scenarios of chess; while he did enter into regular tournament play, he never abandoned making art (although he made no effort to refute the rumor). Ostensibly retiring from art again in 1923, he devoted the next 10 years to professional tournaments.
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