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.
Bernhard Frei - Kapuziner Meran. It is an image that the viewer can not immediately understand. The "up - down" orientation is already difficult and is only made a little easier by the large inscription bearing the name and title of the painting.
Nude Descending a Staircase No. Marcel Duchamp French, — Oil on canvas; x
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.
He was writing from France, where he'd just "landed a batch of Cezanne and Gauguin", paintings he intended to include in an exhibition he was co-organizing at the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington and 25th. The show opened four months later, and, just as Kuhn expected, New Yorkers were scandalized. What he and his fellow organizers didn't foresee was the focal point of outrage at the Armory Show, which was neither Cezanne nor Gauguin, nor was it Pablo Picasso.
Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase No. The painting was perceived by the majority of art critics to be utterly unintelligible, and it soon became the butt of jokes, jingles, and caricatures. The American Art News offered a ten dollar reward to the first reader who could "find the lady" 1 within the jumble of interlocking planes and jagged lines, and newspaper cartoonists had a field day with the painting, lampooning it with such titles as "The Rude Descending the Staircase Rush Hour at the Subway " and the memorable "Explosion in a Shingle Factory.
Duchamp's first work to provoke significant controversy was Nude Descending a Staircase The painting depicts the mechanistic motion of a nude, with superimposed facets, similar to motion pictures. It shows elements of both the fragmentation and synthesis of the Cubists, and the movement and dynamism of the Futurists.
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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. Yet the work was exhibited with the same group at Galeries J. 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.