Thursday, November 25, 2010

D Sho

Marcel Duchamp is a French Dada artist (Dada is a culture movement in visual arts, literature, theatre as well as graphic design that occurred after WWI. It was not art, its actually the anti-art. It represents everything that is the opposite of art) who was born on July 28, 1887, close by an area called Blainville in France. He studied painting at the Académie Julian. Duchamp only associated himself with Dada when he returned to Paris in the summer of 1919 after returning from Buenos Aires where he played chess for nine months. 

From left to right:
  • Self-portrait of the artist himself, Marcel Duchamp done with torn colored paper on black background in 1958.
  • L.H.O.O.Q. which is the picture of Mona Lisa with a moustache; Duchamp pencilled in the moustache onto a cheap postcard reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. What's funny is what the L.H.O.O.Q. stands for: it is a pun and when pronounced and put together in French it is "Elle a chaud au cul" which in English translates to "She has a hot ass."
  • One of Duchamp's most intriguing works, to me, was his "Rrose Sélavy" photograph which is actually of him dressed as a woman; which he says is his feminine alter ego. Taken in 1921. However, it's the meaning behind the name that I liked. Like the L.H.O.O.Q., it is also a pun, when pronounced in French it is, "Eros, c'est la vie" which basically says, "Eros, that's life." (Eros is the Greek god of love, also known as Cupid in Roman mythology)
  • This is actually the funniest of Duchamp's pieces, done in 1917, which he calls "ready-mades," the reason for this is because he took an existing object and made use out of it. What worries me though is whether it has been used before or not... Either way, I don't think it would be sanitary, got to keep away from H1N1...
  • Duchamp's Sonata is an oil painting done in 1911. (Sonata is a musical form that has been used since the early Classical period.
  • And lastly, Duchamp painted a portrait of chess players. He had such a passion for chess and even quoted, "I am still a victim of chess. It has all the beauty of art - and much more. It cannot be commercialized. Chess is much purer than art in its social position.

P.S. Do you know why the title of this post is "D Sho" now?

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