Kurt Schwitters. The Holy Saddlers' Portfolio. 1922. Collage of papers on board folder, 15 1/8 x 21 15/16" (38.4 x 55.8 cm), Collection Claude Berri
Wikipedia entry
Kurt Hermann Eduard Karl Julius Schwitters (20 June 1887 – 8 January 1948) was a German artist. He was born in Hanover, Germany, but lived in exile from 1937. Schwitters worked in several genres and media, including Dadaism, constructivism, surrealism, poetry, sound, painting, sculpture, graphic design, typography, and what came to be known as installation art. He is most famous for his collages, called "Merz Pictures".
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Born 20 June 1887; died 8 January 1948. Schwitters was a Dadaist who associated with the Bauhaus School at Weimar, Germany and with the "de Stijl" group in the Netherlands. Schwitters experimented with light graphics, or cameraless imagery, in the 1920s. Schwitters was a member of the 'ring neue werbegestalter' in the 1920s in Germany. He created assemblages called 'merz' from bits of urban detritus and found objects. German artist.
German, Danish, Hamburger
Artist, Author, Designer, Writer, Publisher, Typographer, Graphic Designer, Poet, Collagist, Graphic Artist, Painter, Photographer, Sculptor
Kurt Schwitters, Herman Edward Karl Julius Schwitters, Kurt Herman Edward Karl Julius Schwitters, Curt Hermann Eduard Carl Julius Schwitters, Schwitters
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