1921-1930
  • 1921
    New York Dada is published with the collaboration of Man Ray, in which Duchamp appears as Rrose Sélavy.
    Moves back to Paris, where he stays with his younger sister Suzanne and her husband Jean Crotti.
    The Arensbergs move to California and the Large Glass is purchased by Katherine Dreier.
  • 1922
    Duchamp returns to New York.
  • 1923
    The Large Glass is left "definitively unfinished".
    Travels to Brussels, Belgium for an extended stay of several months. Competes in his first major chess tournament, finishes in third place.
  • 1924
    Focuses on chess, devoting most of his time to it.
    Picabia and René Clair produce the film Entr'acte. Erik Satie composes the film's music, and Duchamp and Man Ray appear in it as chess players.
    Collaborates with Pierre de Massot on the unfinished The Wonderful Book (Paris: Pierre de Massot). The content of the book includes twelve blank pages and "modified printed readymades" (puns) printed on the back cover.
    Produces Monte Carlo Bond, a photo-collage with a photograph of Duchamp by Man Ray. He sold copies of the Monte Carlo Bond to raise money for a trip to Monte Carlo to test a system he devised for winning at roulette.


  • 1925
    Duchamp's mother dies on January 29, his father on February 3.
    Collaborates with Man Ray and Marc Allégret on Anémic Cinéma, a black and white silent film.
  • 1926
    The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, even (the Large Glass) is broken while in transport to Connecticut from Brooklyn on the back of a truck. The shattered Large Glass remains in storage for several years until Duchamp repairs it. In 1956 he would comment "I like the breaks, the way they come, the cracks...".
    Collaborates in Paris with Man Ray and Marc Allégret on the film Anémic Cinéma.
    The Société Anonyme organizes the "International Exhibition of Modern Art", at which the Large Glass is exhibited publicly for the first time. After the exhibit, the glass panels of the piece were shattered while in transit back to Katherine Dreier's.
    Rents a studio at 11 Rue Larrey in Paris, then heads back to New York in October.
  • 1927
    Organizes Brancusi exhibition in Chicago, Illinois, (January 4-18).
    In late February, returns to the 11 Rue Larrey studio in Paris and installs the 2-way Door, which remains simultaneously open and closed.
    Marries his first wife, Lydie Sarazin-Lavassor. Divorces after a few months.
  • 1928
    Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2, is exhibited at Pomona College, Claremont, California.
    Continues to concentrate on chess and becomes a member of the French Olympic team at The Hague.
  • 1929
    The Chocolate Grinder, No. 1, is exhibited at Pomona College, Claremont, California. (This piece is an important element in The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even, a.k.a. the Large Glass).
  • 1930
    Selects the works to be included in the upcoming 1931 Société Anonyme New York exhibition.
    In April, Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 is exhibited by De Hauke & Co.


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