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Pierre Cabanne (September 23, 1921, in Carcassonne – January 24, 2007, in Meudon) was a French art historian. He is best remembered for his extensive research and writings on the art history of painters Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Picasso. He also authored a book on his interviews with Marcel Duchamp. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

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Instead of painting something new, my aim was to reproduce the paintings and objects I liked and collect them in as small a space as possible. I did not know how to go about it. I first thought of a book, but I did not like the idea. Then it occurred to me that it could be a box in which all my works would be collected and mounted like in a small museum, a portable museum, so to speak. This is it, this valise.

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