Marcel so, that he was “rediscovered” by

DuChamp once said “I don’t believe in art. I believe in artist.” In his
insistence that art should be driven by ideas above all, Marcel Duchamp is
generally considered to be the father of Conceptual Art. Marcel DuChamp was
born in 1887to a family of artists. He was raised in Normany, France, where he
played chess, enjoyed reading, painting, and music. He joined his older
brothers in Paris to study painting at the Academie Julian. He really seemed to
enjoy the influences of Fauvism, Cubism, and Impressionism. But he was
captivated by new approaches to color and structure. He reordered reality,
rather than simply representing it. He was most attracted to avant-garde
notions of the artist as an anti-academic, which is rather ironic thatI am
creating an essay on his life. Seems to me he’d find this a strange juxtapose! On
another note, DuChamp loved the mysterious allure of symbolism and exploration
of sexual identity and desire. These interests led him to Dadaism and
surrealism. One thing that I find most interesting is that rather than being
influenced by other painters, he found greater influence in writers. This
cross-pollination is a brilliant approach to making art. By the end of the
1920s, he’d had enough of the art world, yet remained a passive, yet
influential presence to New York Avant-Garde artists. So much so, that he was
“rediscovered” by Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. DuChamp became cemented
in art history when he embraced his association with Dadaism, which was a
precursor to Fluxus Art. Duchamp’s insistence that art shouldbe an expression
of the mind rather than the eye or the hand spoke to Minimalists and Conceptual
artists alike. In other words, rather than create for beauty, see the beauty in
the ordinary, and express that. Brilliant. He passed away at his home in France
in 1968.