Neues Merzbild (New Merzpicture) (1931) by Kurt Schwitters

Neues Merzbild (New Merzpicture) - Kurt Schwitters - 1931

Artwork Information

TitleNeues Merzbild (New Merzpicture)
ArtistKurt Schwitters
Dimensions81.9 x 110.5 cm
Art MovementDada
Current LocationInsel Hombroich

About Neues Merzbild (New Merzpicture)

The artwork “Neues Merzbild (New Merzpicture)” was created by Kurt Schwitters in 1931 as an assemblage, embodying the Dada art movement. The abstract piece measures 81.9 by 110.5 cm and is situated in the Insel Hombroich collection. The genre of the artwork is abstract, and it showcases Schwitters’ unique style and his contribution to the avant-garde of the early 20th century.

Upon examining the artwork, one is immediately struck by the intricate composition of geometric and organic shapes interlocking with one another. A variety of textures and materials appear to be used, highlighting the assemblage technique characteristic of Schwitters’ oeuvre. The colors are vibrant yet harmoniously balanced, with shades of orange, blue, red, and brown creating a dynamic visual field. The use of everyday objects and materials, fragmented and reconfigured, exemplifies the Dada movement’s approach to art, challenging traditional aesthetics and the concept of art itself. This is a tangible expression of Schwitters’ Merz concept, where he endeavored to create new relationships between materials and forms. The artwork evokes a sense of movement and depth, inviting viewers to explore the multiple layers and discover the underlying narrative or associations that the piece might suggest.

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