Suzanne Duchamp (1889-1963) was the fourth of six children born into
the remarkable family of Eugene and Lucie Duchamp. Like her three older brothers—Jacques
Villon (JAMA covers, May 6, 1998, and July 15, 1998), Raymond Duchamp-Villon,
and Marcel Duchamp—she chose art as her career, beginning her studies
at the École des Beaux-Arts in her native Rouen when she was 16. Jacques
and Raymond were already well on their way. Being older than Suzanne by 14
and 13 years, respectively, Marcel, however, to whom she would remain closest,
was only 2 years older and his notorious art works were still in the future.
At age 21 Suzanne married Charles Desmares, a Rouen pharmacist. The following
year she had her first exhibits: one at the Salon des Indépendants
in Paris and another at the Société Normande de Peinture Moderne
in Rouen. These early works reflected her training, showing characteristics
of Impressionism, Intimism, Cubism, even Fauvism.
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