Oh they tell you about John Cage

The Mona LisaThey tell you about JOHN CAGE’S 4’33” but what they don’t tell you about is Alphonse Allais, and his Funeral March for the Obsequies of a Deaf Man.
Composed in 1897, his Funeral March for the Obsequies of a Deaf Man — consisting of nine blank measures — predates comparable works by John Cage and Erwin Schulhoff by a considerable margin.
Wiki have him here
We should note his influence on art more directly, The Incoherents Les Arts Incohérents
Mona Lisa smoking a pipe though? Wiki says 1887
The Mona Lisa
Marcel Duchamp didn’t do his until 1919, so how come no mention of Arthur Sapeck (1854-1891) and his smokin Mona?! All Google gives me is in French, perhaps the French have kept him a secret and sectretly laugh at us for following this Yankish Frenchman called Duchamp who just followed?!
Some stuff on the Incoherentshere
It looks like Eugène Bataille, Arthur Sapeck to you and me used to walk the streets of Paris with his head painted blue. Sounds like my kind of man!
No mention of either on the Tate site, but then again they invested in a Fountain didn’t they, so they wouldn’t want Mr Duchamp to be pointed at as a late comer to all this new idea thinking in Art!

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