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Marcel Duchamp. Nude Descending a Staircase N°2. ( 1912).  Futurism.  

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Marcel Duchamp. Nude Descending a Staircase N°2. ( 1912). 147 x 89 cm 

Marcel Duchamp is a very general-purpose artist, in general his paintings constitute a radical rupture with the traditional forms of art. It is the case here. This returned movement takes as a starting point the futurism, which seeks to represent the movement of the modern world, and, by the very geometrical forms, painting is also connected with the cubism. However one classifies also sometimes Duchamp with the Surrealist ones… The picture which breaks up the movement of a body into various parts evokes at the same time the cinema and photographs it. In photography when one increases the exposure time one obtains an image moving if the subject moves. To the cinema a camera which films with the idle gives a little this kind of split image. We have simultaneous aspects of a form which moves in space what is the reverse of the cubism which represents motionless forms seen under various plans. A thing is obvious it is the dynamism of work. And one can compare this step with that of Degas with his ballerinas at the beginning of the photography whose works seemed to say: " see, me also I can do it…" 

The point of view of the witness is located in height. Then the glance follows the movement and goes down. 

The first silhouette is on the right vertical tension field between 2 natural points of interest. The counterparts are located on the natural point of left higher interest.

The parts of the body follow the rule of the third which is that of the composition. In top the head and the neck, in the medium the bust, bellow legs.

Painting is built on the large downward diagonal. If one trusts the busts one can count 6 different silhouettes which are followed. 

Details : 

The faces have a surprising aspect, as if it were about a cosmonaut covered with a helmet.

The members resemble shovels to dig the ground.

The only static elements are the stairs in bottom on the left.

Light : The painting is enlightened by the right line and of in bottom. 

Colors : Harmonize between hot colors which evoke wood.

Similar Paintings :

Marcel Duchamp. Portrait of Chess Players. (1911). 

Marcel Duchamp. The Bride. (1912).

Giacomo Balla. Dynamism of a Dog Leaves some. (1912). Futurism.