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KURT SCHWITTERS (1887-1948)

 
KURT SCHWITTERS - Ohne Titel (Merzbild Mit Schuhsohle) - oil and relief assemblage on plywood - 21 1/4 x 17 3/4 in. KURT SCHWITTERS - Ohne Titel (Merzbild Mit Schuhsohle) - oil and relief assemblage on plywood - 21 1/4 x 17 3/4 in. KURT SCHWITTERS - Ohne Titel (Merzbild Mit Schuhsohle) - oil and relief assemblage on plywood - 21 1/4 x 17 3/4 in. KURT SCHWITTERS - Ohne Titel (Merzbild Mit Schuhsohle) - oil and relief assemblage on plywood - 21 1/4 x 17 3/4 in. KURT SCHWITTERS - Ohne Titel (Merzbild Mit Schuhsohle) - oil and relief assemblage on plywood - 21 1/4 x 17 3/4 in. KURT SCHWITTERS - Ohne Titel (Merzbild Mit Schuhsohle) - oil and relief assemblage on plywood - 21 1/4 x 17 3/4 in. KURT SCHWITTERS - Ohne Titel (Merzbild Mit Schuhsohle) - oil and relief assemblage on plywood - 21 1/4 x 17 3/4 in. KURT SCHWITTERS - Ohne Titel (Merzbild Mit Schuhsohle) - oil and relief assemblage on plywood - 21 1/4 x 17 3/4 in. KURT SCHWITTERS - Ohne Titel (Merzbild Mit Schuhsohle) - oil and relief assemblage on plywood - 21 1/4 x 17 3/4 in. KURT SCHWITTERS - Ohne Titel (Merzbild Mit Schuhsohle) - oil and relief assemblage on plywood - 21 1/4 x 17 3/4 in.
Ohne Titel (Merzbild Mit Schuhsohle)194521 1/4 x 17 3/4 in. oil and relief assemblage on plywood
Provenance
Ernst Schwitters, Lysaker, by descent from the artist in 1948
Private Collection, acquired through Galerie Gmurzynska, Cologne in 1981
Sotheby's New York, May 11, 1994, lot 40
Private Collection, Washington
Literature
Marlis Grüterich, 'Kurt Schwitters. Galerie Gmurzynska, Köln', in Kunstforum International, vol. 30, 1978, illustrated p. 220
Renato Maestri, 'ComMerzBankKurt-Schwitters. Una lezione rapsodica', in Domus, vol. 590, Milan, 1979, illustrated in color p. 47
Yusuke Nakahara, 'From the Lifeless View of Scrapping', in Bijutsu Techo, vol. 31, Tokyo, August 1979, illustrated in color
Heidi Bürklin, 'Kurt Schwitters: Vom Bürger zum Bürgerschreck', in Art. Das Kunstmagazin, vol. 10, Hamburg, 1981, illustrated in color
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Ernst Nündel, Kurt Schwitters in Selbstzeugnissen und Bilddokumenten, Reinbek bei Hamburg, 1981, illustrated p. 120
Karin Orchard & Isabel Schulz, Kurt Schwitters, Catalogue raisonné, 1937-1948, vol. 3,
Hanover, 2006, no. 3136, illustrated p. 455
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