Marcel Duchamp – The Father of Contemporary Art

1 The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas, 1946-1966

Marcel Duchamp, Given: 1 The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas, 1946-1966 (Exterior View)

wooden door, bricks, velvet, wood, leather stretched over an armature of metal, twigs, aluminum, iron, glass, Plexiglas, linoleum, cotton, electric lights, gas lamp (Bec Auer type), motor, etc. 7 feet 11 1/2 inches x 70 inches (242.6 x 177.8 cm)

Étant donnés: 1. La chute d’eau, 2. Le gaz d’éclairage (Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas) 1946-66 Marcel Duchamp, American (born France), 1887 - 1968 Mixed-media assemblage: wooden door, bricks, velvet, wood, leather stretched over an armature of metal, twigs, aluminum, iron, glass, Plexiglas, linoleum, cotton, electric lights, gas lamp (Bec Auer type), motor, etc. 7 feet 11 1/2 inches x 70 inches (242.6 x 177.8 cm) (Interior View)

Étant donnés: 1. La chute d’eau, 2. Le gaz d’éclairage (Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas) 1946-66
Marcel Duchamp, American (born France), 1887 – 1968

Marcel secretly worked on this piece for 20 years while even his closest of friends believed he had abandoned art in the pursuit of a career in chess.  It was unveiled to the public at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, alongside many of his other creations, in 1969, after his death.

Making Sense of Marcel Duchamp
Philadelphia Museum of Art

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