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In the early 1920s, Schwitters started to make ''found'' artworks. In Measure (left), the image is taken from a magazine, to which he has added a line drawing Koi (right), was created ten years later. Beyond the choice of the material, Schwitters may not have made any alterations. The printed paper probably comes from the printing works that Schwitters 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.

August 2004