Die Fruhlingstur (the Spring Door) (1938) by Kurt Schwitters

Die Fruhlingstur (the Spring Door) - Kurt Schwitters - 1938

Artwork Information

TitleDie Fruhlingstur (the Spring Door)
ArtistKurt Schwitters
Dimensions34 1/2 x 28 3/8 in. (87.8 x 72 cm)

About Die Fruhlingstur (the Spring Door)

Die Fruhlingstur (the Spring Door) is a significant artwork by Kurt Schwitters, a German artist best known for his contributions to the Dada movement. The piece was created in 1938, during Schwitters’ time in Norway to escape Nazi Germany. It is an intricate collage made of various materials such as newspaper clippings, fabric fragments, and printed matter.

The artwork is named after its main component, which references springtime with colorful floral elements. It also features geometric shapes and lines that give the piece structure and balance. Schwitters used found materials from everyday life streets and discarded them adding new meanings to each portion through his composition.

Schwitters was a pioneer of using found objects in art-making decades before Pop Art became popularized with it. Die Fruhlingstur exemplifies this technique while maintaining the blend of figuration or abstract pieces typical of his creations. Today Die Fruhlingstur can be found displayed in many art museums around the world as an exemplary work of Schwitters’s Merz style collages which refer to his abstract sense unique aesthetics emerged from ordinary objects collected over time containing memories imbued into layers of material techniques applied carefully on top of one another forming something entirely new yet preserving its original flair.

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