Tuesday, November 03, 2015

November Quads

November Quads


Portrait of Chess Players by Marcel Duchamp

Saturday, Nov 7, 2015

40 Norris Street Cambridge, MA 02140 (map)

3RR. G/65 d5. 
Entry fee: $35; $20 for BCF members. 
Prizes: $50 First place in each quad. 
Registration: 9:15am - 9:45am. 
Rounds: 10:00am, 1:00pm and 3:30pm. 
No byes allowed.

Study for "Portrait of Chess Players" (Étude pour une partie d'échecs)

Portrait of Chess Players by Marcel Duchamp

“I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists.” 


Marcel Duchamp playing chess

The Portrait of Chess Players shows several figures (we counted four) facing the center, their arms merged on lower portion of the canvas. The chess pieces float in the undetermined space, and the whole painting serves as the board.
A competitive, award-winning player, Marcel Duchamp incorporated the game into his art throughout his career. In this 1911 painting Duchamp painted each head by successively layering and overlapping various angular panes. Studies done in advance of the oil on canvas illustrate how Duchamp planned the composition using a Renaissance technique called the vanishing point where parallel  lines merge from the outer margins of the artwork towards a single point, usually slightly off center of the pictorial plane. ...

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