Art: Artist Descending to America

U.S. art circles had already read of topflight French painters touring Germany as honored guests (TIME, June 29). They got an equally surprising picture last week of the artist's life in war-torn France. Painter of the picture, done in the gayest of colors, was famed Dadaist Marcel Duchamp, whose Nude Descending A Staircase was the hottest artistic cause célèbre of its day (1913).*

In Manhattan, after a getaway from France with the help of Hollywood friends, cheerful Duchamp was comfortably installed in Patroness Peggy Guggenheim's swank apartment. Generalized he: "The artists of Paris...

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