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L.H.O.O.Q.

  Buy now from barewalls.com1919: Private collection, New York

In Duchampian terms, this is an assisted ready-made, and like most of his work, it operates on several levels of meaning. Graffiti desecrates the sacredness of art; the title marks the subject as a sexual woman ("L.H.O.O.Q." is a phonetic anagram for French words indicating sexual longing); with moustache "he" marks "her" as the cross-construction of gender roles.
 
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