Chocolate Grinder (No. 2)

Marcel Duchamp, American (born France), 1887 - 1968

Date:
1914

Medium:
Oil, graphite, and thread on canvas

Dimensions:
25 3/4 x 21 3/8 inches (65.4 x 54.3 cm)

Copyright:
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Estate of Marcel Duchamp

Curatorial Department:
Modern and Contemporary Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1950-134-70

Credit Line:
The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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After a chance encounter with a chocolate grinder displayed in a confectioner’s window in the French city of Rouen in 1913, Duchamp made the machine the subject of two paintings, adopting a representational style that recalls the precision of an engineering diagram. His rendering flattens the image and conflates the artist’s hand with mechanical reproduction.