Description & Technical information

This drawing belongs to the transitional period between 1910-1911. In those days, Marcel Duchamp was a twenty-three-year-old young artist hesitating between Fauvism and first influences of Cubism.
This Nu assis is delineated with synthetic volumes. The grey shadow models the body which seems to float over the background, like in other similar compositions of that time.
Duchamp's production shows that he multiplied his nudes studies as for gathering thereafter thoses items and reconstructing the body, in the Cubist manner but through his own personal prism. From this serial work, continued by Marcel Duchamp throughout these years, were created the greatest paintings using the decomposition of the movement of Nu descendant l'escalier and some of the preparatory studies for Grand Verre. From that perspective these drawings are premonitory of the great compositions to come...
The dedication is addressed to his dear friend Gustave Hervieu, nicknamed "Poleon" because of his likeness with the emperor Napoleon. Other drawings by Duchamp are dedicated to him, including a portrait of Mrs Hervieu.

Date:  1910-1911
Period:  20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Oil, Gouache on cardboard
Dimensions: 37.59 x 52.07 cm (14⁴/₅ x 20¹/₂ inches)
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints