Kurt Schwitters Aphorism 1923

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Artist
Kurt Schwitters 1887–1948
Title
Aphorism
Date 1923
Medium Gouache and printed papers on paper mounted onto board
Dimensions Support: 89 x 73 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to Tate 2007
Reference
T12393
Not on display

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The apparently random collection of papers in Aphorism come together to create a tiny but carefully balanced composition. The subtle tones of the pieces of buff paper are accented by insertions of strong colour. The layers are piled high in the top left corner, while in the lower corner the blue, green and white patterned paper seems to form a human profile. The alignment of the profile's mouth with the dotted line across the centre of the collage is perhaps suggestive of Schwitters' poetic recitations.

August 2004

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