The Artist Birthday Series

Marcel Duchamp

Today’s Artist Birthday: Marcel Duchamp

Marcel Duchamp (28 July 1887 – 2 October 1968) was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess player and writer whose work is associated with Cubism, conceptual art and Dada, although he was careful about his use of the term Dada and was not directly associated with Dada groups.

Barbican salutes Marcel Duchamp, man who transformed 20th century art

Duchamp is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the twentieth century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture. History, until as of late however, has overlooked many of the women that had equal (or arguably even more) influence on the direction of art in the 20th century, but thankfully today one begins to find more frequent information regarding such shining examples as Hannah Höch, Sophie Tauber-Arp, and the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, to name just a few.

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