Philosophy & the arts
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.
journal devoted to Duchmap
Official Duchamp website
Duchamp and Dada
Just for fun
Last updated Sept. 9, 2007