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Nu descendant un escalier nº2

MARCEL DUCHAMP (French, 1887-1968)

1912
oil on canvas, 146- 89 cm. - Philadelphia Museum of Art (www.philamuseum.org)



One of the most audacious paintings of the avant-gardes of the early 20th century. Duchamp's 'nus' are half-cubist, half-futurist, even half-dada icons, in which the multiplication of points of view creates an outstanding sensation of movement.

The interpretation of the human body as a moving machine is a purely futurist idea in which the development of chronophotography and the beginnings of cinematography played an important role. Shortly after these compositions, Duchamp began his "dada" period, with his famous "ready-mades" and his iconic "urinals".

Text by G. Fernández, www.theartwolf.com

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