Red Nude, 1910
oil on canvas
92.2 x 73 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 17241)
© Estate of Marcel Duchamp / SODRAC (2013)
As a painter, Marcel Duchamp experimented with contemporary styles, one example of which is this brightly coloured work influenced by Fauvism. Painted early in his career, this is one of a series of nudes that reveal Duchamp as an accomplished artist. The use of modelling to suggest volume gives the figure a powerful and sculptural body that fills the picture plane in an imposing way.
Duchamp later became one of the most influential artists of the modern era, and is best known for his invention of the Readymade. Readymades were everyday objects chosen by the artist and designated as works of art, an act that changed our understanding of what constitutes art.