• The art of fluid dynamics | Matisse, Paul. Kalliroscope.

The art of fluid dynamics | Matisse, Paul. Kalliroscope.


Undated [1964?].

5 x 3 ¼” x ½” steel box filled with red rheoscopic liquid mounted on 7 ½” x 5 ½” lucite mat; five stickers with annotations in an unknown hand relating to provenance affixed to lucite; clip and screws affixed to obverse. 

A Kalliroscope is an art device/technique based on rheoscopic fluids invented in 1966 by the artist Paul Matisse, the son of the art dealer Pierre Matisse and Teeny Duchamp and the grandson of Henri Matisse.

This particular example was given to the world-renowned chess teacher John "Jack" W. Collins by his friend and sometime mentee, Teeny Duchamp (she and her second husband, the artist Marcel, were chess fanatics). Most celebrated for his mentorship of Bobby Fischer, Collins was largely self-educated, having finished only elementary school because of his physical disabilities. The group he founded, the Hawthorne Chess Club, would become home to chess professionals and artist alike and his mentorship would profoundly affect the strength of American grandmasters in international play.