1887-1968 French born artist
Enigmatic, iconoclastic father of Conceptualism worked in Cubism, Dada Movement and Surrealism.
1904 he leaves his parents home and moves in with his brother Gaston in the Montmartre section of Paris.
Eventually he became disillusioned with the structure of how art is chosen to be displayed.
In 1916, after he became famous in the states resulting from the Armory Show 1913; he came to the states to start a new career. He was met at the dock by Walter Arensberg and his wife Louise. They went on to become his great friends and benefactors. They collected the largest collection of his artwork in existence. This collection now is in the Philedelphia Museum of Art.
Friends with Francis Picabia, Man Ray. Famous for Nude Descending a Staircase (1912) and Fountain (1917). Called his conceptual pieces Readymades. Told everyone he had quit art to play chess, continued to work on some projects. New York Dada
Some of the work he did:
He had significant influence on nearly every movement in the 20th century. Including:
His work is in the permanent collection of:
Motherwell, Robert "The Dada Painters and Poets: An Anthology", Harvard University Press, 1951
Rubin, William S., "Dada, Surrealism, and Their Heritage", Museum of Modern Art, NY, 1968.
Last Updated 05.09.04