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Date Of BirthJuly 28, 1887
DiedOctober 2, 1968, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
SpouseAlexina Duchamp, Lydie Sarazin-Levassor

Marcel Duchamp was born on July 28, 1887, in Blainville-Crevon, France, the second son of a successful family of artisans. His father, Eugène Duchamp, was a painter and sculptor; his mother, Lucie-Duchamp, was a skilled embroiderer. Marcel had an older sister, Suzanne, who would later become an artist herself.

Duchamp’s early education took place at the local primary school and then at the Lycée Pierre-Corneille in Rouen. He showed an early interest in art, and his father encouraged this by enrolling him in evening classes at the Académie Julian in Paris. In 1904, Duchamp left the Lycée Pierre-Corneille and began his studies at the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture.

Duchamp’s artistic career began in earnest in 1910, when he had his first solo exhibition at the Salon des Indépendants in Paris. His work was well received by the critics, and he soon became a leading figure in the city’s avant-garde art scene. In 1912, Duchamp caused a sensation with his painting Nude Descending a Staircase, which was exhibited at the Salon de la Section d’Or.

In 1913, Duchamp moved to New York City, where he continued to develop his unique style of art. He became associated with the Dada movement, and his work began to attract international attention. In 1915, Duchamp created his most famous work, the ready-made sculpture Fountain, which caused a scandal when it was exhibited at the Society of Independent Artists.

In 1918, Duchamp married the American heiress Katherine Dreier, and the following year they founded the Société Anonyme, an organization dedicated to promoting modern art. In 1920, Duchamp gave up painting altogether and turned his attention to chess. He became a leading player in the world of competitive chess, and in 1924 he won the prestigious tournament at New York’s Marshall Chess Club.

In 1942, Duchamp moved to Argentina with his wife and daughter. He continued to play chess and also took up painting once again. In 1948, he returned to France, where he settled in Nice. He died there on October 2, 1968.

Duchamp was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. His innovative approach to art challenged traditional ideas about what could be considered art. His work had a profound impact on subsequent generations of artists, and he is widely regarded as one of the fathers of conceptual art.

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Full NameMarcel Duchamp
Date Of BirthJuly 28, 1887
DiedOctober 2, 1968, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Place Of BirthBlainville-Crevon, France
ProfessionActor, Painter, Film director, Musician, Librarian, Screenwriter, Sculptor, Visual Artist, Professional Chess Player
EducationAcadémie Julian, Lycée Pierre-Corneille


SpouseAlexina Duchamp, Lydie Sarazin-Levassor
ParentsEugene Duchamp, Lucie Duchamp
SiblingsSuzanne Duchamp, Jacques Villon, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Yvonne Duchamp, Magdeleine Duchamp


Movies8 × 8: A Chess Sonata in 8 Movements, The Witch's Cradle, Anemic Cinema, Entr'acte

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1I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.



8 X 8: A Chess Sonata in 8 Movements1957
Witch's Cradle1944ShortThe artist
Entr'acte1924ShortUn joueur d'échecs
Lafayette, We Come1918Wounded man


Anemic Cinema1926Short


Des autres terres souples (Pre.monde, l'âme ou la vue cède)1982Short inspiration


Dreams That Money Can Buy1947based on drawings, objects and suggestions by


Wie die Weltmeister1981dedicatee


Arena1993TV Series documentaryHimself
Dada1967Short documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Gaga for Dada: The Original Art Rebels2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sigfrido Oliva - Monologo sull'arte2013
Paris: The Luminous Years2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Du Kinder Surprise considéré comme une oeuvre d'art2007TV Short documentaryHimself
Tate Modern2000TV Series documentaryHimself
The Works1997TV Series documentaryHimself
The Shock of the New1980TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Merce by Merce by Paik1978Documentary shortHimself
Verifica incerta - Disperse Exclamatory Phase1965Documentary short

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