Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948)

Merz V

Berlin, 1923

Lithograph

Paper: 55 x 44.5 cm; mount: 81 x 61 cm 

This print is a combination of abstract, geometric forms and is one of a series of six works called ‘Merz Mappe’.

Freshly printed fragments of paper, discarded from the printing process, were applied to a lithographic stone to create this image. Influenced by the Dada art movement, Schwitters started his own project, which he named ‘Merz’, feeling that he needed a new noun for a new kind of art.

Purchased in 2002 (No. 2002.3)

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