Art: Cubism to Cynicism

Probably the most famed cubist painting in the world is Marcel Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase, which now hangs in the Hollywood home of Walter Conrad Arensberg. Last week Los An-geles newshawks discovered the artist on the same premises. France's Duchamp, 49, was making his first visit to California to see once again the picture that established his reputation.

"It is a piece of imaginative creation," explained the morose, poker-faced painter pointing to his master work. "If people see a nude in it I don't object. Anyway I long ago quit painting and took...

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