Marcel Duchamp, “Portrait of Gustave Candel’s Mother” (1911–12), oil on canvas, 24 x 17 1/8 inches (Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of Mme Yolande Candel in memory of her father, Gustave Candel, and Marcel Duchamp, 2014; © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Estate of Marcel Duchamp.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art added "two very uncharacteristic pieces" to its Marcel Duchamp‘s work: "one very formal and conventional, the other utterly enigmatic." From Hyperallergic.
Before “Nude Descending a Staircase,” “Bicycle Wheel,” “Étants Donnés,” and “The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors,” Duchamp was an adept, impressionistic portraitist. One of the two newly acquired works, his portrait of his friend Gustave Candel’s father (at left), makes those skills plainly evident. His rendering of Madame Candel, though, seems somehow to foreshadow the radical gestures to come, as well as calling to mind more contemporary works like certain Maria Lassnig self-portraits.
Duchamp, with or without creating work within the Dada movement, is the godfather of street art, I write in 2013 at KCET: "The evidence is there. Duchamp is considered the creator of an aesthetic blueprint that influenced Andy Warhol and other pop-art figures, who themselves are considered the forerunners of today's street artists. If you wanted to find a long thread of playful subversive thinking seen in street art, consider Duchamp."
These calmer, almost conventional images, gives scale to all the works.
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