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ART 101 Art and Intention

ART 101 Art and Intention - Citizens also objected to the...

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While Marcel Duchamp’s piece of work titled Nude Descending a Staircase was a success, it came with some controversy. It was ridiculed by the newspapers and even by the former President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt. It was described by some as “an explosion in a shingle factory.” What made this work objectionable, I believe, is that no one had the insight to see why it was titled as it was. Looking at the picture, I can only guess they were left wondering where the “nude” and “staircase were. The initial reaction to Michelangelo’s David was not favorable when first displayed. The statue represented David’s triumph over Goliath and was meant to symbolize the cities freedom from foreign domination, as well as freedom from the Medici family. In the 20 days it took to erect the statue, each night stones were thrown at it by supporters of the Medici family.
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Unformatted text preview: Citizens also objected to the nudity of the statue. Citizens went so far as to prepare a copper skirt for the statue which no longer remains. The reason behind Duchamp’s innovative approach to human form was his reading of a book called Movement. This book was based on the motion and certain movements of humans and animals at certain points. The idea was to break down these movements individually and analyze them, then re-create them as art. This innovative practice eventually led to the creation of motion pictures. The first time I looked at the picture Nude Descending a Staircase, I had no idea what I was looking at. I thought somewhat like ridiculers of the painting at that time must have thought. After reading of Duchamp’s inspiration for the painting I looked at it again and saw the idea. It does indeed enhance my appreciation of this painting....
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