The present work is one of a number of boxes which Duchamp produced containing hand-written notes concerning his monumental work La Mariée mise à nu par ses Célibataires, même (otherwise known as The Large Glass). Others in the series include The Box of 1914 and A l'infinitif (White Box) from 1964. The Boîte Verte, however, contains the largest collection of notes plotting the evolution of Duchamp's ideas from 1910 to 1923 during the creation of his masterpiece. It is a typical example of the paradoxical nature of his work, for whilst Duchamp acknowledged that his notes might be helpful in comprehending The Large Glass, they were purposefully not ordered so that chance discoveries and random juxtapositions became an integral part of the experience.
The notes in the Boite Verte were also invaluable to Richard Hamilton in his re-creation of the Large Glass (now in Tate Modern) after the original was damaged in transit.
The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Jacqueline Matisse Monnier and the Association Marcel Duchamp.