“Fountains”

“Fountains”, one of the most famous and important work of Marcel Duchamp’s exemplifies a conventional utilitarian object can be designated as a piece of ‘art’. This promoted the idea of art being an ‘idea’ rather than an ‘object’. Giving birth to many questions like ‘what is considered good art?’, and ‘who decides whether it’s good or not?’.
The “fountain” was constructed in 1917 and is termed as found art i.e. work shaped from obvious but tailored object that is not considered art generally. The portrayal of artist gives meaning to found art. Distinction given to a common object was initially frowned upon as outrageous expression of art because of not being recognized as art immediately. ‘Fountain’ was a modified version of urinal showcased to exasperate the public

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