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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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Magda Delgado, Les tourments de Saint Antoine selon Bosch, Sculpture

Magda Delgado

Les tourments de Saint Antoine selon Bosch, 2017
11.8 x 9.8 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$2,335

Matthew Rose, Hica Sole, Drawing

Matthew Rose

Hica Sole, 1998
15.4 x 11.4 x 1.6 inch
Drawing

$934

Our recommendations Marc-Antoine Leval, Please, Sotheby's sell my work., Print

Marc-Antoine Leval

Please, Sotheby's sell my work., 2009
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$117

Dominique Blais, Entropê, Sculpture

Dominique Blais

Entropê, 2015
50.2 x 20.5 x 20.5 inch
Sculpture

$14,825

Carlos Diaz, Bici i arbre, Painting

Carlos Diaz

Bici i arbre, 2010
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Painting

$1,693

Bernar Venet, Fig46 Vecteur linéaire, Painting

Bernar Venet

Fig46 Vecteur linéaire, 1966
7.1 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
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$15,759

Marc Rembold, 100 Years of Readymade / 100 Years of Petrol / Yellow Fluo Diamond Petrol, Sculpture

Marc Rembold

100 Years of Readymade / 100 Years of Petrol / Yellow Fluo Diamond Petrol, 2016
17.7 x 13 x 5.5 inch
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$37,915

Fidia  Faleschetti, Apple Care (Green edition), Sculpture

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Apple Care (Green edition), 2017
4.7 x 3.9 x 3.1 inch
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$934

Our recommendations Zane Mellupe, Fitting In, Sculpture

Zane Mellupe

Fitting In, 2014
12.2 x 5.1 x 0.8 inch
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$3,035

Zane Mellupe, Functions or speaking in the terms of tools, Print

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Functions or speaking in the terms of tools, 2014
11.8 x 3.9 x 0.4 inch
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$1,634

Joseph Sobel, Untitled, Walls series, Photography

Joseph Sobel

Untitled, Walls series, 2015
9.4 x 14.2 inch
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$409

Jean-Paul Cattin, Winter Windows Serie, Photography

Jean-Paul Cattin

Winter Windows Serie, 2016
57.1 x 40.2 inch
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$3,093

Christophe Lopez Huici, Koons, Photography

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Koons, 2005
48 x 72 x 1.2 inch
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$8,755

Our recommendations Samsofy, Chocolate Museum, Photography

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Chocolate Museum, 2015
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch
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Ben, Ben Vautier, Pablo Picasso, Marchel Duchamp, Print

Ben

Ben Vautier, Pablo Picasso, Marchel Duchamp, 1970
23.6 x 27.6 inch
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$572

Our recommendations Arman, Bon Santé, Sculpture

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Bon Santé, 1996
15.7 x 9.6 x 2 inch
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$7,004

Arman, Composition pour les JO, Print

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Composition pour les JO, 1992
35.4 x 24.8 inch
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$934

TieRi Trademark, Cursa (402), Sculpture

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Cursa (402), 2016
7.9 x 3.1 x 3.1 inch
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$257

TieRi Trademark, Fekda (415), Sculpture

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Fekda (415), 2016
9.1 x 8.3 x 6.3 inch
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$700

Matthew Rose, Mother, Painting

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Mother, 2014
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
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$992

Matthew Rose, Star (Orange), Painting

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Star (Orange), 2015
11.8 x 9.4 x 0.8 inch
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$467

Matthew Rose, Bambi, I love you, Painting

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Bambi, I love you, 1998
16.9 x 11.4 x 1.2 inch
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$992

Matthew Rose, Q et tu, Painting

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Q et tu, 2014
22.8 x 22 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,167

Matthew Rose, Buffalo Gal, Drawing

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Buffalo Gal, 2016
10.6 x 8.3 inch
Drawing

$409

Koji Nagai, Kolaj N°12, Print

Koji Nagai

Kolaj N°12, 2013
16.5 x 11.8 inch
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$700

Rolf Julius, Echtgrün - hell, Sculpture

Rolf Julius

Echtgrün - hell, 1994
7.1 x 8.7 x 4.3 inch
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$5,837

Koji Nagai, Museum, Drawing

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Museum, 2009
20.1 x 14.2 inch
Drawing

$2,918

Koji Nagai, Chess, Print

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Chess, 2003
16.5 x 11.8 inch
Print

$700

Marc-Antoine Leval, Please, François Pinault, buy my work., Print

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Please, François Pinault, buy my work., 2017
18.9 x 14.2 x 0.1 inch
Print

$409

Our recommendations Michel Ajerstejn, Machine , Photography

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35.4 x 29.5 x 0.8 inch
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$1,868

Luca Izzo, Desformes #7, Photography

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Desformes #7, 2014
27.6 x 82.7 x 0.4 inch
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$4,903

La Fabrique du Sourire, Fontaine Sourire, Print

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Fontaine Sourire, 2017
11.8 x 11.8 inch
Print

$146

Jumeaux Ouattara, Leader, Sculpture

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Leader, 2015
31.5 x 27.6 x 12.6 inch
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$759

Jean-Yves Goujard, La chaise orange, Photography

Jean-Yves Goujard

La chaise orange, 2015
23.6 x 3.5 x 1.2 inch
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$1,977

Fabien Vieilletoile, Urgent need, Photography

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Urgent need, 2012
36.6 x 55.1 x 1.2 inch
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$1,039

Our recommendations Marc Morrel, Eclipse, Painting

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Eclipse, 2002
29.5 x 29.5 x 1.6 inch
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Jane Stravs, Dahab #035, Photography

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11.8 x 16.5 inch
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$514

Jean-Luc Parant, Les yeux à roues, Drawing

Jean-Luc Parant

Les yeux à roues, 1962
24 x 19.3 inch
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$2,918

Olivier Sultan, Valise-Mémoire 1, Sculpture

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Valise-Mémoire 1, 2012
17.7 x 25.6 x 5.9 inch
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$1,868

Olivier Sultan, Valise-Mémoire 2, Sculpture

Olivier Sultan

Valise-Mémoire 2, 2013
13.8 x 13.8 x 3.5 inch
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$1,167

Olivier Sultan, Valise Mémoire 3, Sculpture

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Valise Mémoire 3, 2010
27.6 x 39.4 x 3.9 inch
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Vikram Kushwah, Emily and the Windowframe, Photography

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Emily and the Windowframe, 2012
19.7 x 23.6 inch
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$782

Etienne Conte, Escalier, Photography

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23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
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$1,977

Etienne Conte, Escalier, Photography

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Escalier, 2008
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
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$1,977

Berk Arikan, Sans titre 10, Painting

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Sans titre 10, 2016
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch
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$292

Anaïs Legeay, Toolbox 3, Photography

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Toolbox 3, 2014
11.8 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$116

Michael Wallner, Albert Bridge Sunset (window), Print

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Albert Bridge Sunset (window), 2017
18.9 x 13 x 2 inch
Print

$1,457

Deyan Vekov, Disque, Painting

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Disque, 2016
31.9 x 25.6 x 2 inch
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$3,210

Joseph Sobel, Untitled, Walls series, Photography

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Untitled, Walls series, 2015
9.4 x 14.2 inch
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$409

Matthew Rose, Star (Pink), Painting

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Star (Pink), 2015
11.8 x 9.4 x 0.8 inch
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Méryl B, MB 03, Painting

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39.4 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
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Aranthell, Fond de teint, Sculpture

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Fond de teint, 2014
10.2 x 7.9 x 2.8 inch
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