Sunday, 8 March 2009

Chess Quote - Marcel Duchamp - Chess Is A Sport


Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968)

Chess is a sport. A violent sport. This detracts from its most artistic connections. One intriguing aspect of the game that does not imply artistic connotations is the geometrical patterns and variations of the actual set-up of the pieces in the combinative, tactical, strategical and positional sense. It is a sad means of expression though - somewhat like religious art - it is not very gay. If it is anything, it is a struggle.
– Marcel Duchamp

Marcel Duchamp (18871968) was a French artist (identified with the Dadaism & Surrealism movements). From 1918 Duchamp slowly made a transition from artist to chess player. By 1923, when he had returned to Paris, he was no longer a practising artist. Duchamp's obsession with chess so distressed his first wife that she allegedly glued the chess pieces to the board.


Portrait of Chess Players (1911) [Duchamp]

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