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THE MODEL FOR DUCHAMP? - Catholic Worker odds & ends
December 3rd, 2008
01:52 am


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"I remember one noon having deli food (which Dorothy loved) with her and Bob. Bob told Dorothy that he'd heard she was the model for the Nude Descending the Staircase. She didn't deny it; she said she'd known Duchamp in Paris.* To my eyes, she did have the large, angular shape of the Nude. Who knows?" --- from Some Memories of The Catholic Worker by Judith Gregory.

This painting dates from 1912 and was exhibited in the famous Armory Show in New York in 1913 when Dorothy was in her mid-teens and living in Illinois with her parents and siblings, or maybe she was already at college. Anyway, she had not met Duchamp at that time. RS.

*Dorothy told a confident many years ago that Duchamp had tried to seduce her, presumably when she was on her honeymoon! RS

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Date:December 4th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)

DD as model

But didn't Dorothy do some nude modeling? I thought she mentioned to someone (another rumor around the 175 Chrystie Street people?) that she use to model for an artist who had wicker furniture and that whenever she sat down and got up the wicker pattern would be indented on her flesh. CNP
Date:December 4th, 2008 09:51 am (UTC)

Re: DD as model

The version of that story I heard is that in her pre-Catholic days on Staten Island she used to do nude bathing in the ocean and sat on a wicker chair afterwards leaving the wicker pattern on her back-side much to the amusement of some old ladies who also sat on the beach. These old ladies, according to the story I heard, also commented on the many male visitors who spent the night in Dorothy's cabin. All of this is hearsay.
Date:December 4th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)

Re: DD as model

I remember hearing it as a "family" story about Dorothy sitting around nude. I believe it was the mother of the de Aragons who remarked on the wicker pattern on Dorothy's backside.
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