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KURT SCHWITTERS (1887-1948)

 
"Ohne Titel (Merzbild Mit Schuhsohle)," Untitled (Merz Picture with Show Sole)," is representational of European Avant Garde trends of the early 20th Century, including most notably the Dada movement. Kurt Schwitters was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1887 and studied at the Dresden Academy. As an early associate of the Dada movement, it was planned for Schwitters to start a Hanover outpost of sorts for the group, but this never came to fruition.
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<br>An assemblage of found and crafted objects, the present work is typical of the Merz style, for which Schwitters is most highly lauded. Merz is a made-up term and describes the large assemblages and room installations that comprised the artist's output during the 1920s and 1930s. Schwitters is known as a father of installation art and was incredibly influential to artists such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Anselm Kiefer. "Ohne Titel (Merzbild Mit Schuhsohle)," Untitled (Merz Picture with Show Sole)," is representational of European Avant Garde trends of the early 20th Century, including most notably the Dada movement. Kurt Schwitters was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1887 and studied at the Dresden Academy. As an early associate of the Dada movement, it was planned for Schwitters to start a Hanover outpost of sorts for the group, but this never came to fruition.
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<br>An assemblage of found and crafted objects, the present work is typical of the Merz style, for which Schwitters is most highly lauded. Merz is a made-up term and describes the large assemblages and room installations that comprised the artist's output during the 1920s and 1930s. Schwitters is known as a father of installation art and was incredibly influential to artists such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Anselm Kiefer. "Ohne Titel (Merzbild Mit Schuhsohle)," Untitled (Merz Picture with Show Sole)," is representational of European Avant Garde trends of the early 20th Century, including most notably the Dada movement. Kurt Schwitters was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1887 and studied at the Dresden Academy. As an early associate of the Dada movement, it was planned for Schwitters to start a Hanover outpost of sorts for the group, but this never came to fruition.
<br>
<br>An assemblage of found and crafted objects, the present work is typical of the Merz style, for which Schwitters is most highly lauded. Merz is a made-up term and describes the large assemblages and room installations that comprised the artist's output during the 1920s and 1930s. Schwitters is known as a father of installation art and was incredibly influential to artists such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Anselm Kiefer. "Ohne Titel (Merzbild Mit Schuhsohle)," Untitled (Merz Picture with Show Sole)," is representational of European Avant Garde trends of the early 20th Century, including most notably the Dada movement. Kurt Schwitters was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1887 and studied at the Dresden Academy. As an early associate of the Dada movement, it was planned for Schwitters to start a Hanover outpost of sorts for the group, but this never came to fruition.
<br>
<br>An assemblage of found and crafted objects, the present work is typical of the Merz style, for which Schwitters is most highly lauded. Merz is a made-up term and describes the large assemblages and room installations that comprised the artist's output during the 1920s and 1930s. Schwitters is known as a father of installation art and was incredibly influential to artists such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Anselm Kiefer. "Ohne Titel (Merzbild Mit Schuhsohle)," Untitled (Merz Picture with Show Sole)," is representational of European Avant Garde trends of the early 20th Century, including most notably the Dada movement. Kurt Schwitters was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1887 and studied at the Dresden Academy. As an early associate of the Dada movement, it was planned for Schwitters to start a Hanover outpost of sorts for the group, but this never came to fruition.
<br>
<br>An assemblage of found and crafted objects, the present work is typical of the Merz style, for which Schwitters is most highly lauded. Merz is a made-up term and describes the large assemblages and room installations that comprised the artist's output during the 1920s and 1930s. Schwitters is known as a father of installation art and was incredibly influential to artists such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Anselm Kiefer. "Ohne Titel (Merzbild Mit Schuhsohle)," Untitled (Merz Picture with Show Sole)," is representational of European Avant Garde trends of the early 20th Century, including most notably the Dada movement. Kurt Schwitters was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1887 and studied at the Dresden Academy. As an early associate of the Dada movement, it was planned for Schwitters to start a Hanover outpost of sorts for the group, but this never came to fruition.
<br>
<br>An assemblage of found and crafted objects, the present work is typical of the Merz style, for which Schwitters is most highly lauded. Merz is a made-up term and describes the large assemblages and room installations that comprised the artist's output during the 1920s and 1930s. Schwitters is known as a father of installation art and was incredibly influential to artists such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Anselm Kiefer. "Ohne Titel (Merzbild Mit Schuhsohle)," Untitled (Merz Picture with Show Sole)," is representational of European Avant Garde trends of the early 20th Century, including most notably the Dada movement. Kurt Schwitters was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1887 and studied at the Dresden Academy. As an early associate of the Dada movement, it was planned for Schwitters to start a Hanover outpost of sorts for the group, but this never came to fruition.
<br>
<br>An assemblage of found and crafted objects, the present work is typical of the Merz style, for which Schwitters is most highly lauded. Merz is a made-up term and describes the large assemblages and room installations that comprised the artist's output during the 1920s and 1930s. Schwitters is known as a father of installation art and was incredibly influential to artists such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Anselm Kiefer. "Ohne Titel (Merzbild Mit Schuhsohle)," Untitled (Merz Picture with Show Sole)," is representational of European Avant Garde trends of the early 20th Century, including most notably the Dada movement. Kurt Schwitters was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1887 and studied at the Dresden Academy. As an early associate of the Dada movement, it was planned for Schwitters to start a Hanover outpost of sorts for the group, but this never came to fruition.
<br>
<br>An assemblage of found and crafted objects, the present work is typical of the Merz style, for which Schwitters is most highly lauded. Merz is a made-up term and describes the large assemblages and room installations that comprised the artist's output during the 1920s and 1930s. Schwitters is known as a father of installation art and was incredibly influential to artists such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Anselm Kiefer. "Ohne Titel (Merzbild Mit Schuhsohle)," Untitled (Merz Picture with Show Sole)," is representational of European Avant Garde trends of the early 20th Century, including most notably the Dada movement. Kurt Schwitters was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1887 and studied at the Dresden Academy. As an early associate of the Dada movement, it was planned for Schwitters to start a Hanover outpost of sorts for the group, but this never came to fruition.
<br>
<br>An assemblage of found and crafted objects, the present work is typical of the Merz style, for which Schwitters is most highly lauded. Merz is a made-up term and describes the large assemblages and room installations that comprised the artist's output during the 1920s and 1930s. Schwitters is known as a father of installation art and was incredibly influential to artists such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Anselm Kiefer. "Ohne Titel (Merzbild Mit Schuhsohle)," Untitled (Merz Picture with Show Sole)," is representational of European Avant Garde trends of the early 20th Century, including most notably the Dada movement. Kurt Schwitters was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1887 and studied at the Dresden Academy. As an early associate of the Dada movement, it was planned for Schwitters to start a Hanover outpost of sorts for the group, but this never came to fruition.
<br>
<br>An assemblage of found and crafted objects, the present work is typical of the Merz style, for which Schwitters is most highly lauded. Merz is a made-up term and describes the large assemblages and room installations that comprised the artist's output during the 1920s and 1930s. Schwitters is known as a father of installation art and was incredibly influential to artists such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Anselm Kiefer.
Ohne Titel (Merzbild Mit Schuhsohle)194521 1/4 x 17 3/4 in.(53.98 x 45.09 cm) 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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"Ohne Titel (Merzbild Mit Schuhsohle)," Untitled (Merz Picture with Show Sole)," is representational of European Avant Garde trends of the early 20th Century, including most notably the Dada movement. Kurt Schwitters was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1887 and studied at the Dresden Academy. As an early associate of the Dada movement, it was planned for Schwitters to start a Hanover outpost of sorts for the group, but this never came to fruition.

An assemblage of found and crafted objects, the present work is typical of the Merz style, for which Schwitters is most highly lauded. Merz is a made-up term and describes the large assemblages and room installations that comprised the artist's output during the 1920s and 1930s. Schwitters is known as a father of installation art and was incredibly influential to artists such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Anselm Kiefer.
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