Duchamp's Image: Determining What Comprises Art

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Determining What Comprises Art
Art is commonly considered a beautiful painting or sculpture in a gallery for public view. However, not all art fit into the perfect mold of what we imagine. Marcel Duchamp used a urinal to create his artwork "Fountain, with the words "R. Mutt 1917" inscribed (Jacobus and Martin 372). Is Duchamp’s "Fountain" any less art than da Vinci 's "Mona Lisa"? Investigating the composition of art and looking at alternative arts may aid in understanding.
To be considered art certain rules are used while evaluating a piece, these are form, content and participation. Artistic form explains how all of the elements unify to form the piece of art. The trees, grass, and creek create a backdrop of a painting for a couple taking
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It replaced the object with the provocative gesture, advocating ‘no - sense, which is not nonsense’” (). During WWI, Zurich was filled with diverse people fleeing from their homeland, of whom many were dissatisfied with the war and all the restraints of modern society. It in Zurich that many refugees met by chance and formed a new movement called Dada, Marcel Duchamp and his “Fountain” are part of this movement. Dada also included paintings, theater, poetry, and collages some made by putting together trash found on the street. Dada encompasses more about expression that the generally accepted views of art, Hudson continues saying “Dada was art about attitude rather than form” (). Form and unity generally were not a consideration of these pieces, so many did not view these sculpture, and paintings from this movement as …show more content…
Sensuous relates to any visual quality stimulating our vison, which frequently uses artistic elements such as line, space and shadow. Abstract artists see their art as free from the constraint of objects which most art utilizes, the simplistic beauty of artistic form and content. Mary Jane, professor of art at, () said that “It [abstract art] reminds people of a world without things. It suggests the old idea, now barely remembered, that there might be a hidden, underlying order, which the transience of life 's things can 't affect “ (). Most art is representational, which portrays a scene or a story, such as da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” which shows a young woman seated for a portrait. That is not the case with abstract art Mary Jane explains, “Abstract painting resists narration and presents itself all at once, as a whole or a oneness that cannot, and never will, tell a

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