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New Harmony: Abstraction between the Wars, 1919–1939 celebrates the spirited trends in abstraction of the interwar period.
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Jacques Villon, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Marcel Duchamp
Contributions by André Breton, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Marcel Duchamp, Walter Pach, Réne-Jean, and James Johnson Sweeney
Published in 1957
88 pages, fully illustrated
This catalogue brings together the work of three unique artists—Jacques Villon, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, and Marcel Duchamp. These brothers are united in their pursuit to realize the “inexact but the precise” in their art. Three separate sections focus on each of the artists and feature an essay, images in color and black and white, and a biography. Also included are original documents such as excerpts from letters or handwritten notes. This catalogue offers an illuminating insight into the artistic practice of these three brothers, each of whom made an indispensable contribution to the visual art of the 20th century.
Each seemed particularly careful to avoid any concession on his part to the emotions. Art for all three was fundamentally intellectual, scientific and only secondarily sensuous. Jacques Villon saw painting as "a method of prospecting, a manner of expression. With color as bait . . . "
The recall of the intelligence to painting and sculpture—a fuller and richer art was Marcel Duchamp's ideal. He felt that "taste" had too long ruled tyrannously without right. "The greatest aim of my life," he has said, "has been a reaction against taste."