Duchamp’s Fountain: outré in 1917 and still outré today.


Think of outré as meaning “out there.” It’s an adjective that refers to things that are strange, shocking, and bizarre, or which violate propriety and established conventions.

Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain (actually a urinal), which he displayed in New York as sculpture in 1917, was considered outré by the public as well as by the directors of the society that put on the exhibition.

The art in Eleanor’s living room—including a nine-foot sculpture made entirely of chewing gum—is decidedly outré.