Chocolate Grinder (No. 2)

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

Made in France, Europe


Oil, graphite, and thread on canvas

25 3/4 × 21 3/8 inches (65.4 × 54.3 cm)

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

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

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

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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.

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