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NUDE ASCENDING THE STAIRCASE 2017-07-17T10:20:37+00:00

Project Description

NUDE ASCENDING THE STAIRCASE – HOMMAGE TO MARCEL DUCHAMP   – Sculpture by Salvador Dali

Nude ascending the staircase – Hommage to Marcel Duchamp

… Climbing up the spirals in a marine shell, symbol of universal life and eternity

 The concept behind this piece is found in Nu Descendant un escalier, numéro 2, a pre-Dadaist piece presented by Marcel Duchamp in the Dalmau Gallery in Barcelona in 1912 at the “First Cubist exhibition” held in Spain. 

Nothing could please Dali more, than to pay tribute to his friend Marcel Duchamp by creating the ironic opposite to the famous divisionist painting;  hence this beautiful realistic body – which reminds us in the form of Gala, climbing up the spirals in a marine shell, symbol of universal life and eternity.  All together, the piece exudes reflection and erotism.

Technical Description

Original title:  “Mujer desnuda subiendo la escalera” (aka “Homenaje a Marcel Duchamp”)

Created by Salvador Dali in 1974

Original media:  modelled wax

Original size: 26cm (10.2 in)

Port Lligat Collection of Salvador Dali Sculptures

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Dali’s hands modelling the “Nude” for the “Nude ascending the staircase”.  Port Lligat, 1973. @Descharnes&Descharnes.