Marcel Duchamp influence is omnipresent throughout the story of Modern Art whether it’s as an early follower of Cubism or more latterly as the father of Conceptualism.
But he’s not the only star of the story, which is rich with larger-than-life characters, all playing a major parts, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Paul Suzanne and Andy Warhol plus quite a few not so familiar names.
Duchamp emerged from the story of Modern Art, he didn’t start it, it began before he was even born in the 19th century when world events conspired to make Paris the most intellectually thrilling place on the planet.
It was a city fizzing with excitement, the smell of revolution still filled the air, more than the a whiff of which was being inhaled by a group of buccaneering artists who were about to overturn the art establishments old world order, and usher in a new age in art.
“All art is quite useless.”