Suzanne Duchamp Signed and dated 1929 Oil Painting of Nice, France

Feb 10, 2010

Suzanne Duchamp (1889-1963) was born fourth out of six children and was the youngest sister of three famed Duchamp brothers, Jacques Villion, Raymond Duchamp-Villion and Marcel Duchamp.

After her studies at the École des Beaux-Arts she moved to Montparnasse Paris and where she quickly became associated with the growing movement of the Cubism. Her work at this time was a combination of Impressionism and Cubism, which will soon change after WWI, with the introduction of The Dadaist.

Her close association with her brother Marcel Duchamp and also by her friendship and future husband, Jean Crotti helped to further her artist career and creativity. Her art after WW I had a growing Dadaist feel which can be seen in Multiplication Broken and Restored completed around 1918/1919. At this time her brother, Marcel Duchamp started his creation of Readymades and Jean Crotti was earning praise for his paintings that were in the Dadaist style.

Suzanne Duchamp had success in the gallery shows while in Paris and had a major show with several pieces in 1920 at the Salon des Indépendants in Paris, along with Francis Picabia and Jean Crotti.

In this piece, which is dated 1929, Suzanne Duchamp has moved out of the Dadaist construction and once again uses Impressionism as her medium but has added the bold color pallet of Matisse and the expressionism/ colors of Fauvism.

This dramatic seascape, which is very similar to other paintings Suzanne Duchamp did in Nice, France is signed and dated 1929 in the lower right. The painting is one of strong composition and dramatic colors; this is a painting that shows her transition from the style of the time to an artist of creative expressive thinking.

This painting has been in an estate for 30 or more years. Please keep an eye out for more wonderful art and objects coming from this estate. If you have any questions or if you are interested in this piece, please email me or call.