Nude Descending Stairs


Marcel Duchamp is recognized for being one of the most significant painters in the earliest 20th-century. He created the controversial and notorious masterpiece “Nude Descending a Staircase” in 1912, following his own beliefs about what art really means to him. The “Nude Descending a Staircase” is a complicated and difficult piece of art to understand, yet it is fascinating to me.

The artist chose to express his feelings through his paint, instead of following any art tendency. The artist uses mostly straight lines and you barley can see three or four circular lines in the whole paint. By doing this, it is captivating how he gives to the spectator the impression of CUBISM or  in an abstract way. In addition, he created a sense of movement in the pain by using a combination of colors. If you analyze the paint in deep, you would be able to see that it is not a static paint.

He puts a lot of effort to making it dynamic. You feel that something is about to move when you look at the paint. Also, it is interesting to me how using your imagination you can capture the attention of the public making them enjoying your work. While evaluating the paint I could see the figure of a human body. As a matter of fact, I am not only able to see the figure of a person when I stare at the paint, but I am also able to appreciate what I consider a staircase.

The staircase is located in the lowest section of the paint. In my opinion, that could means something related to the power of humanity. In other words, how the humans can scale from the bottom to the top of a staircase or vice versa. Metaphorically, how people can ascend or descent a staircase could be related to be on a good situation (the top) or a bad situation (the bottom). Another idea that comes into my mind, it is that the body looks like a robot.

This could refer to what the painter imagined about the future. Because I do not understand exactly what the French artist was trying to communicate with his paint does not mean that there is not an awesome though in the message. I have no idea what Duchamp was thinking or feeling while he was painting this, but for sure that he was trying to transmit something. At this point I am not sure whether I am right or not in my interpretation, but I am enjoying the fact of trying to figure out the meaning of this paint.