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Friday, December 24, 2004

When Art Goes Beyond The Canvas...

Marcel DuChamp is one of my very favorite artists, so I thought I'd share some of his amazing works here. I wish there was more art awareness in the Arab world.

Nude Descending a Staircase by Marcel DuChamp, 1912, oil on canvas

I love this painting, and although I love too many paintings to decide which is my favorite, this one definitly goes on my list of top 5.

Nude Descending a Staircase shows a human figure in motion; a woman going down the stairswas. It was painted using a cubist-inspired technique for depicting motion, and it was one of the very first paintings that started another art movement- Abstract Art.
There are several reasons as to why I love this painting. For one thing, I love the abstract lines and planes, and DuChamp's complete disregard for human anatomy. The lines and planes not only create a figure in the mind's eye, but they also create a rhythmatic sense of motion and give depth, volume, and weight.

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