"And then there is that one-man movement; Marcel Duchamp - for me a truly modern movement because it implies that each artist can do what he thinks he ought to - a movement for each person and open for everybody."
                   - Willem de Kooning (Chipp 556)

House where Duchamp
grew up in Blainville, Normandy
2 PM, July 28, 1887
Henri-Robert-Marcel Duchamp born near Blainville, Normandy to Justin-Isidore (Eugene) Duchamp and Marie-Caroline-Lucie Duchamp.

Begins painting. Makes a group of landscapes at Blainville, which are considered the artist's first works.

Duchamp, age 13
Graduates from Ecole Bossuet, in Rouen. In the fall, at the age of 18, Duchamp moves out of his family home in Blainville-Crevon to live with his two older artist-brothers at 71 rue Caulaincourt, Montmartre.

Painting in Paris and living on the rue Caulaincourt.

Moves out of Montmartre and into 9 rue Amiral-de-Joinville, just outside Paris in Neuilly. Stays until 1913.

After visiting Basel, stays in Munich, 65 Barerstrasse from June 21-August 1912. Visits Vienna, Prague, Leipzig, Dresden and Berlin during the first three weeks of September.

Duchamp, age 30
October 1913
Moves to Paris, 23 rue Saint-Hippolyte.

Boards S.S. "Rochambeau" for New York. Lives in Manhattan, 33 West 67th Street. (Also lives at 34 Beekman Place and 1947 Broadway during his time in New York before leaving in 1918.)

Serves as the chairman of the hanging committee for First Exhibition of Society of Independent Artists, Inc. Resigns from board due to circumstances involving the rejection of Fountain. Arensberg also resigns in protest. Alfred Stieglitz takes famous original photo of the Readymade.

Duchamp's Studio, 33 West 67th Street
New York, 1917
Brother Raymond dies on October 9, and a month later friend Apollinaire also passes away. Makes plans to return to France. Takes trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina on August 14, 1918. Lives in Buenos Aires with Yvonne Chastel at 1743 Alsina. Studio at 1507 Sarmiento. Leaves in June 1919.

Lives in Paris at Picabia's, 32 avenue Charles-Floquet, and 22 rue de la Condamine.

Returns to New York for the year, bringing Paris Air with him for Arensberg. Lives at 246 West 73rd Street, then 1947 Broadway.

Settles in Paris, where he remains until 1942, except for occasional trips around Europe and visits to New York.

Makes series of trips to Monte Carlo, makes Monte Carlo Bond Readymade.

Duchamp leaving
New York for Paris,
Boards "Paris" for France on February 26, 1927. Moves to 11 Rue Larrey studio, Paris (seventh floor). Installs one door that serves two doorways (Door, 11 rue Larrey).

Chess tournaments in Nice, Paris. Member of French team of third Chess Olympiad, Hamburg.

First one-man show held at Arts Club of Chicago.

Lives in Arcachon, Grenoble, and Sanary to escape the occupied zone.

Returns to United States, 210 West 14th Street, fourth floor. He remains in New York for the rest of his life (aside from regular trips abroad).

A number of typical trips, including a number within the United States to Endicott, San Francisco, Chicago, Milford, Lost Angeles, and Binghamton.

Round trips to Syracuse and Cazenovia for chess tournaments.

Duchamp signing the deluxe edition
of Lebel's Sur Marcel Duchamp
(with a reproduction of Water and Gas
on Every Floor
on the cover), 1959
Marries Alexina (Teeny) Sattler. Moves into 327 East 58th Street (top floor) with his new wife. 210 West 14th Street becomes Duchamp's studio. Goes on a long series of round trips abroad and within the United States until 1959, to destinations including Philadelphia, Cincinnati, East Hampton, Paris, Peterboro, Houston, Mexico, Binghamton, Washington, Amherst, French Riviera, Pittsburgh, Boston, Lisbon, Le Tignet, and London.

Becomes a naturalized United States citizen.

Starts tradition of spending one to two months every spring or summer in Cadaques, Spain.

In November, moves within New York to 28 West 10th Street (first floor). Series of trips to New Haven, Atlanta, Hempstead, Paris, Philadelphia, Stockholm, Amsterdam, London, Detroit, Boston, Palm Beach, Cleveland, Baltimore, Utica, Rome, Naples, Taormina, Palermo, Puteaux, Rouen, Milan, Nice, Pasadena, and Waltham spanning up until 1964.

Duchamp with Readymades on display
at Pasadena Art Museum Retrospective, 1963
Begins living half of the year (spring and summer) in Neilly-sur-Seine, 5 rue Parmentier. Other half of the year (autumn and winter) spent in New York, 28 West 10th Street (first floor). A number of round trips to Milan, Florence, Livorno, Rome, Bergamo, London, Saint Louis, Mexico, Rome, Hanover, and Minneapolis through 1965.

In December, moves studio to 80 East 11th Street (fourth floor, room 403).

Round trips to London, Amsterdam, Monte-Carlo, Rouen, Buffalo, London, Genoa, and Barcelona.

Duchamp on the porch of
apartment in Cadaques, Spain, 1968.
(Windbreak designed by Duchamp.)
October 2, 1968
Dies in Neuilly, during normal summer/early fall visit to Paris and Cadaques. His death makes the front page of The New York Times.