Marcel Duchamp, Fountain

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Marcel Duchamp | Fountain “All in all, the creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualification ..” Do you know, which artist could have said this? That was a citation of Marcel Duchamp, one of the most important artists of the 20th century. In the next few minutes I will give you some informations about the person, who said this quite interesting words. Duchamp‘s life Marcel Duchamp was a French Painter, Object-Artist and Media-performer. Henri-Robert-Marcel Duchamp was born on the 28th July, 1887 in Blainville-Crevon in north-west France and he died in 1968. He was the son of an well-to-do family. His father…show more content…
Duchamp’s readymades are often coincided with Dada, but they are not really Dada. He insisted, that this aspect of his work was parallel, but not directly influenced by Dada. Étant donnés (1946-1966) Étant donnés is Duchamp‘s last major work. It was produced in secrecy over 20 years. Étant donnés may therefore be considered to be Duchamp‘s artistic testament, his conclusion to art. The work presents the viewer with a massive wooden door. If you examine it closely, you will find two peepholes. Behind the door is a picture, in which you can see a naked woman lyingin the grass. In this work for example you can see surrealistic features. Ready-mades – Definition Coined by Duchamp, the term „Ready-made“ came to designate mass-produced everyday objects taken out of their usual context and raised to the status of artworks by the mere choice of the artist. A performative act as much as a stylistic category, the readymade had far-reaching effect for what can legitimately be considered an object of art. Fountain The Fountain is one of his first and most notorious Ready-mades and it is one of Duchamp‘s most famous work of art, although it is also a very controversial piece of art. It is a urinal placed on it‘s back, an American average
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