Trivium Art HistoryMarcel Duchamp

Bicycle Wheel

Bicycle Wheel, 1913 — Marcel Duchamp
129.5 cm63.5 cm

Bicycle Wheel is a Dadaist, Wood, Steel artwork created by Marcel Duchamp in 1913. It lives at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the United States. The image is used according to Educational Fair Use, and tagged Readymade, and Sculpture.

Marcel Duchamp's readymades were sculptural assemblages of found objects, often created as jokes, visual puns, or as with the 'Bicycle Wheel' — for the simple pleasure of the juxtaposition.

Duchamp described the wheel, saying: "I enjoyed looking at it, just as I enjoy looking at the flames dancing in a fireplace." He apparently enjoyed the wheel enough to remake it several times, and although the original is now lost, his later versions can be viewed at the MOMA in New York, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The photo above is of Duchamp's third Bicycle Wheel, made in 1951.

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