Marcel Duchamp. Nude Descending a Staircase, No. Oil on canvas, x Philadelphia Museum of Art. This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create or digitize it.
Marcel Duchamp: Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2) | Cleveland Museum of Art
The readymades were appropriated everyday objects, which Duchamp used to question the notion of art and to remove the notions of adoration and attraction surrounding art which he found unnecessary. From , Duchamp largely stopped producing art and began to play chess. He traveled to Buenos Aires to play before continuing to live between Paris and New York, staying more permanently in Greenwich Village from During this period, he was more of a consultant to artists, dealers and collectors. He died in at his home in Neuilly-sur-Seine in France. Nude Descending a Staircase, No.
Nude Descending a Staircase, No.2 (1912): Duchamp’s Stirring Piece
But after facing scads of rejection, mockery, and even a presidential put-down, this provocative piece rose to the ranks of masterpiece. Nude Descending a Staircase, No. However, Duchamp's use of 20 different static positions created a sense of motion and visual violence that Cubists claimed made this piece more Futurist than a true example of their avant-garde art movement. However, the tantalizing title Nude Descending a Staircase, No.
Nude Descending a Staircase, No. The work is widely regarded as a Modernist classic and has become one of the most famous of its time. The discernible "body parts" of the figure are composed of nested, conical and cylindrical abstract elements, assembled together in such a way as to suggest rhythm and convey the movement of the figure merging into itself. Dark outlines limit the contours of the body while serving as motion lines that emphasize the dynamics of the moving figure, while the accented arcs of the dotted lines seem to suggest a thrusting pelvic motion. The movement seems to be rotated counterclockwise from the upper left to the lower right corner, where the gradient of the apparently frozen sequence corresponding to the bottom right to top left dark, respectively, becomes more transparent , the fading of which is apparently intended to simulate the "older" section.