Published July 1, 1934
Avant garde artist Marcel Duchamp built both a personal career and an artistic movement on iconoclasm. From the Cubist-inspired deconstruction in Nude Descending a Staircase to 'ready-mades' conjured from the most quotidian of objects, Duchamp's work was constantly as controversial as it was influential. Lusha Nelson, a friend of Duchamp's, photographed the artist, arms quietly folded with a cigarette in hand, in the July 1934 Vanity Fair.
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