Published by Skira Paris. Edited by Patrick Jullien. Text by Kevin Murphy, Herbert Molderings, Assia Quesnel.
Though he began his career in medicine at the Sorbonne, it seems that sculptor Raymond Duchamp-Villon (1876–1918) was destined for the arts. The brother of artists Jacques Villon, Marcel Duchamp and Suzanne Duchamp-Crotti, he abandoned his medical studies at the turn of the 20th century and pursued sculpture with a particular affinity for the then nascent style of Cubism. In only a few years, Duchamp-Villon managed to achieve a high level of artistic mastery, producing a number of bronze sculptures and plaster casts and proving himself instrumental in the promotion of Cubism. In 1914 he completed his major work The Large Horse, which captures both the essence of the animal it depicts and the style it represents, dynamic and nearly unwieldy in its powerful geometry. This catalogue raisonné inventories the entirety of Duchamp-Villon’s career, from his well-known sculptures to his more obscure drawings.