Marcel Duchamp’s Iconoclastic Art

An internationally recognized contemporary artist, Marc Latamie has had numerous exhibits in places ranging from Spain to South Korea. Marc Latamie counts 20th-century French artist Marcel Duchamp among the influences that enliven his work.

Born in 1887 in Normandy, Duchamp began painting conventionally in the style of Cezanne; he turned to Cubism in 1910. However, he grew dissatisfied with the static nature of Picasso’s and Braque’s pieces and incorporated movement in his paintings. The result of this development, Nude Descending a Staircase, caused an uproar, even in the Parisian avant-garde for its supposed dehumanization of the nude figure. Duchamp enhanced his image as a subverter of artistic norms when the painting shocked New Yorkers the next year.

That reputation only grew when Duchamp satirized the art world with his “readymades.” The term referred to his practice of appropriating existing objects for his own purposes. Perhaps the most infamous readymade was Fountain, which consisted of a men’s urinal detached from its plumbing, laid on its back, and signed with a fake name.

Although Duchamp gave up making art in order to play chess, his influence survives in the Dada and Surrealist movements of the early 20th century and the later crop of Pop and Minimalist artists.

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