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Category:Paintings
Date:1910s
Artist
Kurt Schwitters
1887 - 1948
Germany Das Arbeiterbild, 1919
Arbetarbilden
The Worker Picture
Collage with paper, wood and metal on panel
125 x 91 cm
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Donation 1964 from The Friends of Moderna Museet
NM 5863 This artwork is not on display
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- About the work
The First World War left Kurt Schwitters’ Germany in ruins. This is where he found the fragments for the collages that were his version of futurism and dadaism. Tearing the “merz” from stationery with the letterhead Commerzbank, he began creating works that he called Merzbilden. In a three-storey building in Hannover, these Merzbilden grew into a sprawling structure: Merzbau. The Second World War forced Schwitters to leave the country, going first to Oslo and then to the UK, where he continued working on his linguistic rebellion and anti-hierarchical order, creating new Merzbau houses. His openness to “low” materials and the challenging monumental size of his works presaged future movements in art.
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