Der Weihnachtsmann (Santa Claus) (1922) by Kurt Schwitters

Der Weihnachtsmann (Santa Claus) - Kurt Schwitters - 1922

Artwork Information

TitleDer Weihnachtsmann (Santa Claus)
ArtistKurt Schwitters
Dimensions28.4 x 20.8 cm
Art MovementDada
Current LocationMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, NY, US

About Der Weihnachtsmann (Santa Claus)

The artwork titled “Der Weihnachtsmann (Santa Claus)” was created by the artist Kurt Schwitters in 1922. It is a collage, showcasing the artist’s engagement with the Dada art movement, notable for its avant-garde and often subversive approach to art that challenged traditional aesthetics and concepts. The abstract piece has dimensions of 28.4 cm by 20.8 cm and is housed at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, NY, US.

The artwork is a complex assembly of varied materials, containing textual elements, geometric shapes, and a palette that combines muted tones with bolder colors. Scraps of paper with printed text, possibly originating from newspapers or advertisements, feature as prominent components of the collage. These are layered and juxtaposed in such a way that disrupts any potential for legible narrative, a typical characteristic of Dada’s approach to dismantling established structures and meanings.

Visually, the composition balances color and form through abstract techniques, intricately piecing together fragments that, on their own, may seem inconsequential, yet collectively contribute to a coherent visual statement. While the title references the cultural figure of Santa Claus, the work refrains from depicting this character in any literal or recognizable form, instead drawing on the abstract nature of the genre to evoke themes and emotions indirectly, allowing the viewer to engage with the work on a more interpretive level.

Other Artwork from Kurt Schwitters

More Dada Artwork

Scroll to Top