Kurt Schwitters
Picture of Spatial Growths - Picture with Two Small Dogs 1920–39

Artwork details

Artist
Kurt Schwitters 1887–1948
Title
Picture of Spatial Growths - Picture with Two Small Dogs
Bild mit Raumgewächsen-Bild mit 2 kleinen Hunden
Date 1920–39
Medium Oil paint, wood, paper, cardboard and china on board
Dimensions Frame: 1155 x 863 x 131 mm
support: 970 x 690 x 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1984
Reference
T03863

Display caption

Schwitters started this assemblage of discarded rubbish and printed ephemera in Germany in 1920. Seventeen years later he brought it with him to Norway, having escaped from Nazi Germany. There he added Norwegian material: theatre tickets, receipts, newspaper cuttings, scraps of lace, and a box with two china dogs. The different layers of collage reflect the artist’s journey into exile.

January 2016

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