Kurt Schwitters Koi 1932

Artwork details

Artist
Kurt Schwitters 1887–1948
Title
Koi
Date 1932
Medium Printed paper and ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 157 x 125 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to Tate 2007
Reference
T12395
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Beyond the choice of the material, Schwitters may not have made any alterations to this ‘found’ work. The printed paper probably comes from the printing works that he frequented in his capacity as a designer. The blocks of print are arranged into a geometrical structure reminiscent of Constructivist compositions. As all the lettering is reversed the paper must be an offprint from printers’ proofs.

April 2004

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