MARCEL DUCHAMP 1/3 – Four of the six Duchamp children became artists, but he was that born in a summer day. The French artist who broke down the boundaries between works of art and everyday objects. His irreverence for conventional aesthetic standards, led him to devise his famous ready-mades and heralded an artistic revolution. He was friendly with the Dadaists, and in the 1930s he helped to organize Surrealist exhibitions. When he arrived in Paris in 1904, his two elder brothers were already in a position to help him.
MARCEL DUCHAMP 2/3 – During the next few years, he passed rapidly through the main contemporary trends in painting. He was outside artistic tradition, not only in shunning repetition, but also in not attempting a prolific output or frequent exhibition of his work. In 1911, did he begin to paint in a manner that showed a trace of Cubism. To an exhibition in 1911 he sent Portrait Dulcinea (which was composed of a series of five almost monochromatic, superimposed silhouettes).
MARCEL DUCHAMP 3/3 – He is considered one of the leading spirits of 20th-century painting. With the exception of the Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2, however, his works were ignored by the public for the greater part of his life. Until 1960 only such avant-garde groups as the Surrealists claimed that he was important, while to “official” art circles and sophisticated critics he appeared to be merely an eccentric and something of a failure. Duchamp died peacefully in the early morning of October day at his home in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.
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