Blainville-Crevon, Seine-Maritime 1887 - Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine 1968

Trois Stoppages étalon (Troisième version)

Three Standard Stoppages (Third Version)

1963 replica of 1913-1914 original

thread on canvas attached to glass, wood sticks, enclosed in a croquet case


Dimensions (HxWxD): 3 glass panels: 49 12 x 7 14; 3 wood sticks: H. 44 14; wood case: 13 x 52 in.

Acc. No.: P.1963.39

Credit Line: Norton Simon Museum, Museum Purchase

Photo credit: Norton Simon Museum


  • David Hayes, Baldev Duggal, Color Projects, New York: Sold replica made for 1963 Pasadena Duchamp exhibition to
  • 1963-1975, Pasadena, Pasadena Art Museum
  • 1975, Pasadena, Norton Simon Museum


  • List given by the NS Museum, Nov. 2009:
    A straight horizontal thread one meter in length falls from a height of one meter to a horizontal plane while twisting at will and gives a new form to the unit of length. The result: three threads, less than a meter in length, fixed on strips of canvas pasted on glass. These 3 Standard Stoppages are accompanied by their wooden yardsticks, shaped according to the outlines of the threads. The whole enclosed in a croquet case.