Marcel Duchamp

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Marcel Duchamp (1887-07-281968-10-02) was a French artist who became an American citizen in 1955. His work and ideas had considerable influence on the development of post-World War Two Western art. His advice to modern art collectors helped shape the tastes of the Western art world.


  • I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own tastes.
    • quoted by Harriet & Sidney Janis in "Marchel Duchamp: Anti-Artist" in View magazine (3/21/45)
    • reprinted in Robert Motherwell, Dada Painters and Poets (1951)


  • The viewers of a work of art always contributed to its emergence, since their approval or disapproval helped insure its survival.
  • There is no solution because there is no problem.


  • I just like - just breathing. I like breathing better than working.
    • spoken by the character "Marcel Duchamp" in
    • The Mysteries and What's So Funny (play, 1992) by David Gordon

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