Nu descendant un escalier, CELESTE!
In 1912 Marcel Duchamp exhibited Nu descendant un escalier at the Salon des Independents in Paris.
The clearest key for understanding the artwork is offered to us by Arturo Schwarz, an Italian art historian, poet, art consultant and curator of international art exhibitions on Dada and Surrealist art, who wrote The Complete Works of Marcel Duchamp.
Arturo Schwarz stated that in Nu descendant un escalier is represented the construction of the unit of the Primordial Being, the immortal Hermetic Androgen.
The contradictions between the male and female side of every individual are solved in the reconstituted Androgynous unit of the Primordial Being, filled with eternal youthfulness and immortality.
In the symbolic image of the Androgynous is represented the perfect union between the male and the female sides of every single individual being.
In the symbolic image of the Androgynous is represented also the ideal condition of the Creator, that state in which the individual, having solved all the contradictions through the creative faculty, attains Individuation or Principium Individuationis that is to say a dialectic integration between the conscious and the unconscious, between the individual and the universal.
All trends in modern art arise as reflections on their foundations, as peinture conceptuelle: In the wide open eyes dream expressed by a work of art, it is possible to take a further step and express the paradisiacal dimension of the Androgynous in its own color: CELESTE!
On the curved wall of a circular staircase in a villa in Ravenna, Fabrizio Ruggiero constructed “Nu descendant un escalier”in its own proper color … CELESTE!