In 1913, the year before the start of the Great War, a major exhibition in New York introduced the Americans to European modern art and to cubism in particular. Cubism was still very much a young art movement. The main work which caused controversy at the Armoury Show was Duchamp’s Nude Descending A Staircase which was described as ‘an explosion in a shingle factory’.
This is the background to this cartoon which was published in Punch on 14th October 1914:
Cartoon by George Morrow
Published in Punch 14th October 1914