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July 18, 2001

Multiplication Broken and Restored

JAMA. 2001;286(3):274. doi:10.1001/jama.286.3.274

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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