Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2
Inspired by the photographic motion studies of Eadweard Muybridge (left), Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2, was painted by Duchamp in 1912. When it was first exhibited at the legendary Armory Show in New York (February 17-March 15, 1913), it caused an uproar which both outraged many people and made Duchamp famous in America. One critic called it "an explosion in a shingle factory." (533k mp3)
At the time it was painted, the Italian futurists were working along similar lines, but Duchamp's interest in futurism, (as well as cubism, if not painting itself), was on the wane.
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