Duchamp's drawing 2 nus: un fort et un vite (Two nudes: one strong and one swift) will be up for auction at Christie's London Impressionist/ Modern Art evening sale, June 23, 2009. This lot is expected to sell for $1,306,400 to $1,959,600.
This piece was executed in 1912 with charcoal, pencil and estompe on paper and formerly belonged to Francis Picabia's wife. "Marking a development away from the Cubo-Futurist-inspired study of motion that had characterised his previous painting - the notorious Nude Descending a Staircase No 2. that he had painted a month or two before, in January 1912 - 2 Nus, un fort et un vite marks the beginning of Duchamp's interest in rendering unseen elements of the world. This was a metaphorical non-abstract realm, as yet unexplored in the medium of painting, that was pioneered by Duchamp and Picabia."
This work has been labeled as one of the highlights of this upcoming auction. We will post auction results after June 23, 2009.