|Marcel Duchamp Nude Descending a Staircase(2) 1912
|Gerhard Richter Woman Descending a Staircase 1965
|Edward Muybridge Study, Woman descending a staircase 1887
What rattles around in an artist's brain? When I did "Woman Descending a Staircase" I had a vague memory of Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase, not an image that particularly resonated with me, but one that I knew from my art history. In my mind, I was doing the Holly Roberts version of Duchamp's masterpiece. Come to find out that I was not the only one, and that Duchamp was probably using Muybridge's wonderful study from 1887 as inspiration for his controversial and naughty piece. Good company indeed!