VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, (2016)

Kurt Schwitters, Fantoft, Drawing, 1934

Item no. 217817-64

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    • Pencil and crayon on light cardboard
    • Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948) – German painter, sculptor and poet of Dadaism, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century
    • Signed ‘Kurt Schwitters’, dated ‘1934’ and titled ‘Fant[oft]’ (trimmed) lower right in crayon, signed and inscribed ‘Kurt Schwitters / Hannover / Waldhausenstr. 5 II’ on the reverse in German current in pencil
    • Inscribed by another hand ‘Kirche von Fantoft’ upper right in pencil
    • Catalogue raisonné: Orchard/Schulz 1954
    • Sheet dimensions: 24 x 19.8 cm
    • Provenance: Private collection, Hamburg
    • The drawing of a Scandinavian stave church originated during one of the annual trips to Norway that Kurt Schwitters made during the years 1930 to 1936
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  • Additional Information & Condition

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    The drawing is in overall good condition, consistent with age. There is a small light brown stain center right above the church roof and a second very pale and small stain upper right in the area of the indicated clouds. The sheet is hinged to a support at the reverse upper corners. Additionally, there are further glue and mount remains with occasional associated superficial paper losses at the reverse upper sheet area.

    Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948)

    Kurt Schwitters was born in Hanover, where he first studied at the arts school in 1908. In 1909 he moved to the Academy in Dresden, which he attended until 1914. Initially working in different styles, Schwitters came to a Dadaist workings without directly joining a Dadaist group. Presumably in 1919 originated the first so-called ‘MERZ’ works, drawings, collages and assemblages, named after a fragment of the word ‘Commerz’, which later extended to extensive large-scale installations. In addition, Kurt Schwitters also created phonetic poetry, ‘collages’ of word fragments, syllables and letters. He is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. (fea)

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