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Examples of the work of Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968)











"A painting that doesn't shock isn't worth painting."--Duchamp


Duchamp was conventionally trained in the visual arts.

Duchamp's earliest paintings were strongly influenced by French impressionism and fauvism. In 1911 he produced a number of early cubist paintings, such as Portrait of Chess Players at left.




   Duchamp's fame was ensured by Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2 (1912)

Many of his cubist contemporaries hated this painting and condemned it.

One critic dismissed it as "an explosion in a shingle factory."

When it was shown in the United States, a writer for a Chicago newspaper advised viewers to sniff cocaine as an aid to understanding it.




At left:  The Passage from Virgin to Bride, 1912

This image is a precursor, in both imagery and title, to the "large glass" (The Bride), begun in 1915.






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