A clip of Schwitters and his wonderful collage work.
This clip focuses on perhaps the most famous work of the artist, A collage titled Dislocated Forces. The collage was made shortly after the end of World War I the artwork is a great time capsule of every items of the consumer in Schwitters native country of Germany. He used postage stamps and expired bus tickets in this piece, these were to become staples in his collage works.
Price range information: For oils the price range is $5,000 to $50,000. For works in gouache the range is $10,000 to $30,000. Works in collage done by the artist fetch the highest prices. They start at $10,000 and go up to $173,000.
Kurt Schwitters was born in Hanover, Germany in the year 1887. His parents owned a retail clothings store that specialized in womens fashion. When the artist was young the family sold the business and bought five investment properties. The family was able to live off of their rental income.
During his career he experimented in a variety of movements including Dada movement. This movement dealt with the movement considered the reason for the start of World War One. The followers of the movement blamed capitalism for the cause of the war.
Schwitters also was part of the Constructivism movement. A movement that many artists joined that wanted to change their own culture entirely. He also experimented with Surrealism. He also dabbled with sounds and what came to be known as installation art. His most famous works were his collages called Merz Pictures.
Schwitters was called to serve in World War One towards the end of the war as he suffered from bouts of epileptic seizures. At the end of the war, they only needed bodies so he was called to serve.
During his time in service he was to work as a technical draftsman. Looking at the interesting shapes of the machines the artist found what he loved to paint. MACHINES! Schwitters once stated that machines are the abstractions of the human spirit.
For his education the artist attended the Dresden Academy.
Schwitters married a cousin in 1915.
His collage work is by far my favorite because of his use of every day objects. One work had wheels that only turned to the right. Schwitters was trying to get the idea that to be on the right wing in politics was the only socially acceptable idea. He would add such found objects as bus and train tickets and clippings from local newspapers.
Schwitters work in the 1920s and 1930s leaned towards Modernism and his work was similar to Piet Mondrian and Hans Arp.
The artist enjoyed working on his houses, adding floors and many interesting shapes to the interior. This reminds me of the great Surrealist painter Dali, whose house is the most amazing artistic living space I have ever seen!
Schwitters didn’t agree with Nazi Germany and soon he lost contracts with city of Hanover and his art in the museums was ridiculed. Schwitters took off for Norway to join his son, meanwhile his wife stayed in Hanover to manage their rental units.
He was confined to internment camps during a period of time in the beginning of World War Two. He was released and lived in Monday.
First wife dies in 1945.
Schwitters died in 1948 at the age of sixty years old.
His estate was eventually held in a trust and run by the Marlborogh Gallery. A relative however tried to exit this contract, it was eventually turned down by the law. You might see his art for sale on Ebay, check with the trust out of Hanover to be sure the work of art is authentic.
This artist was a tremendous influence on modern artists like Ed Ruscha. I enjoy his use of daily everyday objects in his art and the fact he experimented with many different movements during his career.