Artist. He received world acclaim as a French artist in the 20th century for his most unusual piece of art. He crossed the line between tradition art and everyday objects when he submitted to an art show a men's bathroom urinal as a piece of art. His “Nude Descending A Staircase, No. 2” in 1912 was not a painting of a nude human but an abstract painting of cubes walking down an imaginary staircase. There were six children in the Duchamp family with him and three other siblings becoming successful modern artists: His brothers, Jacque Villon, a painter; and Raymond Duchamp-Villon, the sculpture; and his sister, Susan Duchamp, was a French a Dada painter. With his sister being active in the Dadists art period, he supported the 1930s Surrealist, which evolved from Dadist. Featured in the May of 1999 issue of “ART News,” he was one of the top 25 artists in the western world and the man who "showed the way to life after the avant-garde, the one who offered us a graceful exit from modernism."
Bio by: Linda Davis
Alexina Sattler Duchamp