Marcel Duchamp Biography

French artist Marcel Duchamp, associated with the Dadaist and Surrealist movements, broke down boundaries between works of art and everyday objects.


Marcel Duchamp was born July 28, 1887, in France. After the sensation caused by Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 (1912), he painted few other pictures. He became famous for his "ready-mades" and heralded an artistic revolution. Largely ignored during his lifetime, he was in his 70s when he emerged as master whose entirely new attitude toward art and society changed the future of visual arts.

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