Chocolate Grinder (No. 1)

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

Geography:
Made in France, Europe

Date:
1913

Medium:
Oil on canvas

Dimensions:
24 3/8 x 25 3/8 inches (61.9 x 64.5 cm) Framed: 25 1/2 × 26 5/8 × 1 5/8 inches (64.8 × 67.6 × 4.1 cm)

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

Curatorial Department:
Modern and Contemporary Art

Object Location:

* Gallery 182, Modern and Contemporary Art, first floor (d’Harnoncourt Gallery)

Accession Number:
1950-134-69

Credit Line:
The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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Label:
This work was inspired by a chocolate grinding machine that Marcel Duchamp saw in the window of a confectioner's shop in Rouen, France. The artist rendered the machine in a dry and impersonal painting style, akin to the precise mechanical drawing found in architectural plans. Duchamp was fascinated with the rotating drums of the chocolate grinder, which had a sexual connotation for him, and the machine would reappear several times in his work, most notably in the lower section of The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass) of 1915-23.


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