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? In one telling instance, when Duchamp traveled to the home of Mr.
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Marcel Duchamp. Nude Descending a Staircase, No. Oil on canvas, x Philadelphia Museum of Art. This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create or digitize it. If the file has been modified from its original state, some details may not fully reflect the modified file.
Oil on He was writing from France, where he'd just "landed a batch of Cezanne and Gauguin", paintings he intended to include in an exhibition he was co-organizing at the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington and 25th. The show opened four months later, and, just as Kuhn expected, New Yorkers were scandalized. What he and his fellow organizers didn't foresee was the focal point of outrage at the Armory Show, which was neither Cezanne nor Gauguin, nor was it Pablo Picasso.
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.