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Inspired by Duchamp

Marcel Duchamp, the cerebral. At the heart of his work lies an intellectual process never seen before in the history of art. He rejects the idea of “art as art", and redefines perspectivism by simplifying the object, supporting the concept, and creating complete randomness.


Marcel Duchamp was born on the 28th July 1887 in Blainville. One of seven children (of whom four are artists), he was the son of an accomplished musician. The Duchamp children we preconditioned into an artistic lifestyle, through not only their musical father but also artist grandfather.


At just 13, Duchamp created his first known work, “Magdeleine au piano" (Magdeleine playing piano). He was hugely inspired by Impressionist painter, Claude Monet in his youth, and would paint landscapes of the Blainville countryside. A model student, he was just fifteen when he obtained his baccalaureate, and that same year he was awarded the “Friends of the Arts" prize.


In 1904 he moved to Montmartre with his brother and painter, Jacques Villon. He began studying at the private art school, Académie Julian, but left soon after due to the boring theoretical lessons. Having never officially studied art, Marcel Duchamp can be considered a self-taught artist.


The works from his youth are largely inspired by Henri Matisse and Fauvism in general. However from 1911, he liberated himself artistically and created his own technique inspired by Cubist and Futurist works. 


In 1912, Duchamp's infamous "Nude descending the stairs," took the Armory Show in New York by storm. 1913 marked the beginning of his world-famous "Readymades." Readymades were found objects which Duchamp chose and presented as art. It was through works such as “Bicycle Wheel" and “Fountain", that Duchamp aimed to question the very notion of “Art".


Despite the controversy of the movement, Readymades turned the art world upside down and changed the course of art history. It completely altered attitudes to art and its purpose.


Duchamp spent most of his life living between global cultural hubs; Paris and New York. He associated with many influential artists of the time (and today), including Dada artist, Man Ray.


"Rrose Sélavy" (also spelled Rose Sélavy) was one of Duchamp's pseudonyms. The name sounds like the French phrase “Eros c'est la vie" ("Eros, such is life"). In 1965 whilst at a dinner with 30 members of the “L'Etude du Mouvement Dada" (“Dada Movement Study"), Duchamp smoked a cigar and deposited the ash in a container. He then sealed the container and declared it a Readymade work, calling it “Urn With Ashes of Duchamp['s Cigar]."


Marcel Duchamp died in Paris in 1968, and his ashes remain in a family vault in Rouen. The inscription on Duchamp's tombstone reads “Anyway, it's always the others who die."


Discover the emerging artists inspired by the pioneer of the avant-garde. Works such as Box in a Suitcase, Bicycle Wheel, Fountain, L.H.O.O.Q and The Large Glass, have been paid tribute to by the likes of Marabout and Marc Rembold. Question is, can you recognise them?

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Miguel Guía, Masque Cubiste Grand, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Masque Cubiste Grand, 2002
13.4 x 3.9 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$ 650

Our recommendations César Baldaccini, Petites plaques (Compression), Sculpture

César Baldaccini

Petites plaques (Compression), 1970
14.2 x 8.3 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$ 52,184

Marabout, Duchampagne pour Droopy, Painting

Marabout

Duchampagne pour Droopy, 2015
31.5 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 5,403

Takahiro Kudo, Untitled (Horshoe Coin Purse), Sculpture

Takahiro Kudo

Untitled (Horshoe Coin Purse), 2016
3.7 x 3.3 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$ 5,157

Thierry  Lagalla, Dans la série la vie au trop - Trop tard, Sculpture

Thierry Lagalla

Dans la série la vie au trop - Trop tard, 2013
5.5 x 2.4 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$ 2,824

Antonio Asis, Without title 1, Print

Antonio Asis

Without title 1, 2013
19.7 x 19.3 inch
Print

$ 2,210

Lesley Hilling, Natural History, Sculpture

Lesley Hilling

Natural History, 2018
11.8 x 7.1 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$ 2,512

Mario Prassinos, Cubism, Painting

Mario Prassinos

Cubism, 1947
26 x 20.3 inch
Painting

$ 4,298

Alicja Kupiec, A ceramic form, Sculpture

Alicja Kupiec

A ceramic form, 2015
3.9 x 16.9 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$ 356

Dario Tironi, Busto di Donna, Sculpture

Dario Tironi

Busto di Donna, 2016
25.6 x 18.9 x 10.6 inch
Sculpture

$ 9,823

Fernando Otero, Erosiones VII and Territorios, Sculpture

Fernando Otero

Erosiones VII and Territorios, 2016
19.68 x 55.11 x 5 inch
Sculpture

$ 4,000

Dae Jin Choi, Ramen, Sculpture

Dae Jin Choi

Ramen, 2012
22 x 23.6 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$ 3,684

Alan Reullier, Série noir émoi, Painting

Alan Reullier

Série noir émoi, 2017
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.6 inch
Painting

$ 1,228

DNH, Le dénoyauteur à loupe, Sculpture

DNH

Le dénoyauteur à loupe, 2017
5.9 x 9.1 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$ 553

Jean-No, Sphère 2B, Sculpture

Jean-No

Sphère 2B, 2019
15.7 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$ 3,684

Ride In Peace, La Ride, Sculpture

Ride In Peace

La Ride, 2018
23.6 x 31.5 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$ 5,525

Miguel Guía, Guitariste Arlequin Grand, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Guitariste Arlequin Grand, 2003
13.4 x 6.7 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$ 810

Max Ernst, Jeu d'échecs en Or 23 carats et Argent sulfurisé 1er titre, Sculpture

Max Ernst

Jeu d'échecs en Or 23 carats et Argent sulfurisé 1er titre, 1965
23.6 x 23.6 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$ 1,043,685

Arman, Colère de Violon, Sculpture

Arman

Colère de Violon, 1966
27.6 x 11.4 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$ 92,090

Max Ernst, Hommage à Marcel Duchamp, Print

Max Ernst

Hommage à Marcel Duchamp, 1974
8.3 x 6.3 x 0.4 inch
Print

$ 1,228

Daniel Arsham, Eroded attaché, Sculpture

Daniel Arsham

Eroded attaché, 2019
8.7 x 11.4 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$ 7,367

Max Ernst, Hommage à Marcel Duchamp 2, Print

Max Ernst

Hommage à Marcel Duchamp 2, 1974
8.3 x 6.3 x 0.4 inch
Print

$ 1,228

Gregos, Acculumation, Painting

Gregos

Acculumation, 2019
32.7 x 27.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 1,658 $ 1,842

Man Ray, Untitled - 1, Print

Man Ray

Untitled - 1, 1975
19.3 x 13.6 inch
Print

$ 1,842

Our recommendations Philarthrop, Baril Porsche Design, Sculpture

Philarthrop

Baril Porsche Design, 2019
25.6 x 15 x 15 inch
Sculpture

$ 860

Gelitin, Natural born sculpture, Sculpture

Gelitin

Natural born sculpture, 2015
12.6 x 11 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$ 2,701

Matthew Rose, Untitled, Drawing

Matthew Rose

Untitled, 1998
14.6 x 16.5 x 2.4 inch
Drawing

$ 921

Francisco Nicolás, One fountain at the forest, Print

Francisco Nicolás

One fountain at the forest, 2018
11.8 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Print

$ 178

Thomas Dellert, Dada Mini Museum, Photography

Thomas Dellert

Dada Mini Museum, 2016
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 491

Our recommendations Dominique Zoladz, Face a Face, Sculpture

Dominique Zoladz

Face a Face, 2017
19.7 x 13 x 13 inch
Sculpture

$ 2,456

Our recommendations Thierry  Lagalla, Podium #1 (Vue de l'atelier), Painting

Thierry Lagalla

Podium #1 (Vue de l'atelier), 2013
13 x 18.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 4,911

Fabien Vieilletoile, Urgent need, Photography

Fabien Vieilletoile

Urgent need, 2012
36.6 x 55.1 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$ 1,093

Thierry  Lagalla, Tarte à la crème (en prévision de / In Advance Of), Painting

Thierry Lagalla

Tarte à la crème (en prévision de / In Advance Of), 2015
15 x 21.7 x 1 inch
Painting

$ 5,525

Jean-Michel Zazzi, Rrose Sélavy, Painting

Jean-Michel Zazzi

Rrose Sélavy, 2019
45.3 x 30.3 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 1,130

Roxane Petitier, Ready made for guides, Photography

Roxane Petitier

Ready made for guides, 2017
29.5 x 29.5 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$ 1,666

Roxane Petitier, Ready made for guides, Photography

Roxane Petitier

Ready made for guides, 2017
29.5 x 29.5 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$ 1,666

Carlo Maiolini, Air de Paris, Painting

Carlo Maiolini

Air de Paris, 2017
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 737

Eliana Minillo, L'origine du monde d’après Duchamp, Painting

Eliana Minillo

L'origine du monde d’après Duchamp, 2019
8.7 x 6.3 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 491

Michel Pourchet, Hommage à César, Sculpture

Michel Pourchet

Hommage à César, 2018
25.6 x 9.4 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$ 1,131

Pierre Clama, Portrait noir, Painting

Pierre Clama

Portrait noir, 1964
28.7 x 23.6 inch
Painting

$ 6,999

Elie Hirsch, Nommo (EH31), Sculpture

Elie Hirsch

Nommo (EH31), 2017
52 x 8.7 x 9.4 inch
Sculpture

$ 8,349

Olivier Sultan, Valise-Mémoire 2, Sculpture

Olivier Sultan

Valise-Mémoire 2, 2013
13.8 x 13.8 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$ 1,228

Olivier Sultan, Valise Mémoire 3, Sculpture

Olivier Sultan

Valise Mémoire 3, 2010
27.6 x 39.4 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$ 1,228

Emmanuele De Ruvo, Mass, Sculpture

Emmanuele De Ruvo

Mass, 2019
39.4 x 17.7 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$ 9,209

Egle Karpaviciute, Rrose Selavy, Painting

Egle Karpaviciute

Rrose Selavy, 2012
35.4 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 3,438

Benjamin Katz, Bright Idea, Sculpture

Benjamin Katz

Bright Idea, 2016
12 x 23.5 x 5 inch
Sculpture

$ 75,000

Jean-Louis Bernard, Fétiche pour reconnaître que savoir où se situe l'ouest est un signe de bonté, Sculpture

Jean-Louis Bernard

Fétiche pour reconnaître que savoir où se situe l'ouest est un signe de bonté, 2014
29.9 x 6.7 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$ 1,688

Claudio Gomez, Zapato (Chaussure), Sculpture

Claudio Gomez

Zapato (Chaussure), 2014
31.5 x 7.9 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$ 1,228

Yan Zoritchak, Fleurs célestes, Sculpture

Yan Zoritchak

Fleurs célestes, 1995
12.2 x 21.7 x 15 inch
Sculpture

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