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. However, the tantalizing title Nude Descending a Staircase, No.
Duchamp's Cubism: Nude Descending a Staircase & Portrait of Chess Players
Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 | painting by Duchamp | Britannica
Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course. Log in or Sign up. If you walked into a museum and saw a urinal hanging on a gallery wall, would you think of it as art? What about a bicycle wheel on top of a stool? The French artist Marcel Duchamp became one of the twentieth century's most famous or notorious, depending on how you look at it artists, in part for creating works like these, which he called readymades.
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.
A painting that is considered to be the most influential development in modern visual narrative and what is considered innovative in art. The American public, it seems, was not ready for something so scandalous as a nude figure no matter how stylized and unrecognizable in its figurative form in motion. From the Philadelphia Museum of Art :. The painting was bought directly from the Armory Show for three hundred dollars by a San Francisco dealer. Cartoons were drawn, anecdotes told and everywhere it seemed, the public ridiculed the painting or itself?