DUCHAMP, MARCEL. (1887-1968). Influential French-American Dadaist who revolutionized 20th-century art; known for his controversial Conceptual “readymade” piece Fountain. ALS. (“Marcel Duchamp”). 1p. 8vo. Paris, October 5, 1965. To Mr. Bell, likely California painter and sculptor LARRY BELL (b.1939).
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Born in Normandy to a cultured family, Duchamp was educated in the visual arts, producing early works influenced by Post-Impressionism, Fauvists and Cubism. He scandalized New York with his controversial Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 at the famous 1913 Armory Show, but also declared despite the success of his Cubist works, that “painting is washed up” and began experimenting with Dadaism.