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Duchamp, Marcel (1887-1968)
Sad Young Man in a TrainDate: 1911-1912
Technique: Oil on cardboard
Museum: Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Technique: oil on cardboard, mounted on masonite
This painting, which Marcel Duchamp identified as a self-portrait, was probably begun during December of 1911 in Neuilly, while he was exploring ideas for the controversial Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 of 1912 (Collection Philadelphia Museum of Art). In Nude (Study), Sad Young Man on a Train his transitory though acute interest in Cubism is manifested in the subdued palette, emphasis on the flat surface of the picture plane, and in the subordination of representational fidelity to the demands of the abstract composition. (source: www.guggenheimcollection.org)
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