Basic Musical Concepts

Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), the most influential figure of the ‘Contemporary Art,’ was recognized for his strongly expressed contempt for the field of conventional ‘Fine Arts.’ He was in a way related to ‘Surrealist Movement,’ the descendant of ‘Cubism.’ Duchamp’s methodology and themes however, were not well received by ‘Cubists.’ This led to his inclination towards the ‘Dada Movement.’ “Nu descendant un escalier n° 2 (Nude Descending a Staircase, No.2)” was Marcel’s most famous as well as scandalous ‘Dadaist’ work, which also became a turning point of his life. Colours are harmonious, painterly with subtle gradations. There is use of contrast of the dark figures, the landforms and the central dog against the light background. Our eyes follow the line of the dog team to the middle ground the off into the distance. The overall design indicates a knowledge of formal design theory. The use of a border is common to … Read the rest