Nude descending a staircase, 1912
oil on canvas
147 x 89.2cm
Duchamp's Nude descending a staircase is a painting from his early career. It could be argued that this painting represents a misunderstanding of cubism - a use of the planar language of cubism but retaining the wholeness of the body in the void of space, and choosing a subject that is a moving entity, rather than moving around a still subject. Nevertheless, it conveys an effective sense of the passage of time.