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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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Our recommendations Invader, Space Waffle, Sculpture

Invader

Space Waffle, 2011
15 x 22 x 2 cm
Sculpture

$17,786

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

Thierry Lagalla

Podium #1 (Vue de l'atelier), 2013
33 x 46 x 2 cm
Painting

$4,743

Takahiro Kudo, Untitled (Horshoe Coin Purse), Sculpture

Takahiro Kudo

Untitled (Horshoe Coin Purse), 2016
9.5 x 8.5 x 2 cm
Sculpture

$4,980

Angélique, Prosôpon #3, Sculpture

Angélique

Prosôpon #3, 2019
20.5 x 12.5 x 6.5 cm
Sculpture

$830

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

Thierry Lagalla

Dans la série la vie au trop - Trop tard, 2013
14 x 6 x 1 cm
Sculpture

$2,727

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
60 x 60 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$1,007,846

Alberto Blanchart, Boer Vader, Painting

Alberto Blanchart

Boer Vader, 2019
39 x 20 x 5 cm
Painting

$581

DNH, Le dénoyauteur à loupe, Sculpture

DNH

Le dénoyauteur à loupe, 2017
15 x 23 x 13 cm
Sculpture

$534

Strange Dust, Nightmares, Painting

Strange Dust

Nightmares, 2018
60 x 80 x 1 cm
Painting

$949

Mario Prassinos, Cubism, Painting

Mario Prassinos

Cubism, 1947
66 x 51.5 cm
Painting

$4,150

Dario Tironi, Busto di Donna Blu, Sculpture

Dario Tironi

Busto di Donna Blu, 2016
66 x 47 x 24 cm
Sculpture

$9,486

Benjamin Katz, Future Friends, Sculpture

Benjamin Katz

Future Friends, 2015
50.8 x 17.8 x 25.4 cm
Sculpture

$250,000

Dae Jin Choi, Ramen, Sculpture

Dae Jin Choi

Ramen, 2012
56 x 60 x 30 cm
Sculpture

$3,557

Ride In Peace, La Ride, Sculpture

Ride In Peace

La Ride, 2018
60 x 80 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$5,336

Marian Williams, Scales, Painting

Marian Williams

Scales, 2014
40 x 40 x 4 cm
Painting

$783

Arman, Colère de Violon, Sculpture

Arman

Colère de Violon, 1966
70 x 29 x 8 cm
Sculpture

$88,928

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

César Baldaccini

Petites plaques (Compression), 1970
36 x 21 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$50,392

Daniel Arsham, Eroded attaché, Sculpture

Daniel Arsham

Eroded attaché, 2019
22 x 29 x 9 cm
Sculpture

$7,114

Matthew Rose, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Matthew Rose

Untitled, 1998
37 x 42 x 6 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$889

Thomas Dellert, Dada Mini Museum, Photography

Thomas Dellert

Dada Mini Museum, 2016
40 x 60 x 1 cm
Photography

$474

Gor Avetisyan, Feeling With Song, Sculpture

Gor Avetisyan

Feeling With Song, 2019
43 x 30 x 13 cm
Sculpture

$5,336

Arman, Ukulele, Sculpture

Arman

Ukulele, 2002
30 x 52 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$9,604 $10,671

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
38 x 55 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$5,336

Max Ernst, Hommage à Marcel Duchamp, Print

Max Ernst

Hommage à Marcel Duchamp, 1974
21 x 16 x 1 cm
Print

$1,186

Man Ray, Untitled - 1, Print

Man Ray

Untitled - 1, 1975
49 x 34.5 cm
Print

$1,067

Fernando Otero, Erosiones VII and Territorios, Sculpture

Fernando Otero

Erosiones VII and Territorios, 2016
50 x 140 x 12.7 cm
Sculpture

$3,500

Jean-Michel Zazzi, Rrose Sélavy, Painting

Jean-Michel Zazzi

Rrose Sélavy, 2019
115 x 77 x 3 cm
Painting

$1,091

Francisco Nicolás, One fountain at the forest, Print

Francisco Nicolás

One fountain at the forest, 2018
30 x 40 x 0.1 cm
Print

$172

Fabien Vieilletoile, Urgent need, Photography

Fabien Vieilletoile

Urgent need, 2012
93 x 140 x 3 cm
Photography

$1,055

Carlo Maiolini, Air de Paris, Painting

Carlo Maiolini

Air de Paris, 2017
60 x 60 x 3 cm
Painting

$711

Tehos, Money, Painting

Tehos

Money, 2020
80 x 60 x 12 cm
Painting

$11,857

Philip Provily, Lampadaire, Photography

Philip Provily

Lampadaire, 2014
80 x 63 x 0.2 cm
Photography

$1,897

Olivier Sultan, Valise Mémoire 3, Sculpture

Olivier Sultan

Valise Mémoire 3, 2010
70 x 100 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$1,186

Olivier Sultan, Valise-Mémoire 2, Sculpture

Olivier Sultan

Valise-Mémoire 2, 2013
35 x 35 x 9 cm
Sculpture

$1,186

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
76 x 17 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$1,630

Cal Lane, Heartwrench, Sculpture

Cal Lane

Heartwrench, 2016
60 x 15 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$4,980

Claudio Gomez, Zapato (Chaussure), Sculpture

Claudio Gomez

Zapato (Chaussure), 2014
80 x 20 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$1,186

Benjamin Katz, Bright Idea, Sculpture

Benjamin Katz

Bright Idea, 2016
30.5 x 59.7 x 12.7 cm
Sculpture

$75,000

Cal Lane, Car Door, Sculpture

Cal Lane

Car Door, 2011
130 x 107 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$18,000

Georges Saulterre, N°1579 confinement N°2, Sculpture

Georges Saulterre

N°1579 confinement N°2, 2020
45 x 40 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$13,043

Roxane Petitier, Ready made for guides, Photography

Roxane Petitier

Ready made for guides, 2017
75 x 75 x 0.5 cm
Photography

$1,609

Roxane Petitier, Ready made for guides, Photography

Roxane Petitier

Ready made for guides, 2017
75 x 75 x 0.5 cm
Photography

$1,609

Dario Tironi, Busto di Donna, Sculpture

Dario Tironi

Busto di Donna, 2016
65 x 48 x 27 cm
Sculpture

$9,486

Daniel Arsham, Future relic 6 - Polaroid Camera, Sculpture

Daniel Arsham

Future relic 6 - Polaroid Camera, 2016
12.7 x 14.6 x 14 cm
Sculpture

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Max Ernst, Hommage à Marcel Duchamp 2, Print

Max Ernst

Hommage à Marcel Duchamp 2, 1974
21 x 16 x 1 cm
Print

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Philarthrop, Baril Porsche Design, Sculpture

Philarthrop

Baril Porsche Design, 2019
65 x 38 x 38 cm
Sculpture

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Our recommendations Dominique Zoladz, Face a Face, Sculpture

Dominique Zoladz

Face a Face, 2017
50 x 33 x 33 cm
Sculpture

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Lcot, Pensées, Painting

Lcot

Pensées, 2017
26 x 15 x 3 cm
Painting

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Yan Zoritchak, Fleurs célestes, Sculpture

Yan Zoritchak

Fleurs célestes, 1995
31 x 55 x 38 cm
Sculpture

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Emmanuele De Ruvo, Gravity of Situation, Sculpture

Emmanuele De Ruvo

Gravity of Situation, 2020
88 x 35 x 35 cm
Sculpture

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Egle Karpaviciute, Rrose Selavy, Painting

Egle Karpaviciute

Rrose Selavy, 2012
90 x 70 x 3 cm
Painting

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Harland Miller, International Lonely Guy, Print

Harland Miller

International Lonely Guy, 2013
58.4 x 94 cm
Print

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Harland Miller, The Me I Never Knew, Print

Harland Miller

The Me I Never Knew, 2013
124.5 x 99.1 cm
Print

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