Konstruktion fur edle Frauen (Construction for Noble Ladies) (1919) by Kurt Schwitters

Konstruktion fur edle Frauen (Construction for Noble Ladies) - Kurt Schwitters - 1919

Artwork Information

TitleKonstruktion fur edle Frauen (Construction for Noble Ladies)
ArtistKurt Schwitters
Dimensions103 x 83.3 cm
Art MovementDada
Current LocationLos Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA, US

About Konstruktion fur edle Frauen (Construction for Noble Ladies)

“Konstruktion für edle Frauen (Construction for Noble Ladies)” is an artwork by Kurt Schwitters, dated 1919. This assemblage, representative of the Dada art movement, has an abstract genre and measures 103 by 83.3 centimeters. The artwork is housed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in Los Angeles, California, United States.

The artwork is a complex composition that consists of various found objects and materials assembled into a layered collage. It exhibits characteristics typical of Schwitters’ work during the Dada movement, which sought to challenge conventional art forms through the incorporation of everyday objects that were not traditionally used in fine art. The assemblage may incorporate an array of materials including but not limited to paper, fabric, metal, and wood.

In terms of composition, the artwork presents a rich tapestry of textures and shapes, orchestrated in a seemingly chaotic yet deliberate arrangement. The colors vary from muted earth tones to spots of more vivid hues, creating depth and visual interest. Elements such as a wheel, and other geometric or amorphic components are integrated to form the abstract structure that defies simple interpretation, inviting viewers to explore the complexities and intricacies of Schwitters’ creative vision.

This artwork embodies the experimental spirit of the Dadaists, who embraced randomness, absurdity, and the re-contextualization of materials to reflect the societal changes and disruptions of their time. Through this piece, Schwitters transcended traditional artistic boundaries, offering a poignant and enduring statement on the nature of art and the creative process.

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