Portrait of Marcel Lefranáois, 1904, oil on canvas, c. 25 x 24 in.
Philadelphia Museum. Duchamp has said this portrait of a friend of his
represented "a reaction against the Impressionist influence," though it was
an experiment that was soon left behind once he had discovered Cèzanne.
Duchamp used a Renaissance technique in which a precise black-and-white
image is first painted and then covered with layers of transparent colors.
This painting, which was done when Duchamp was still a teenager, is an
interesting comparison to Picasso's youthful works from the same period.