Kurt Schwitters The Autumn Crocus 1926–8, reconstructed 1958

Artwork details

Artist
Kurt Schwitters 1887–1948
Title
The Autumn Crocus
Die Herbstzeitlose
Date 1926–8, reconstructed 1958
Medium Painted concrete
Dimensions Object: 806 x 298 x 305 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Transferred from the Victoria & Albert Museum 1983
Reference
T03766
Not on display

Display caption

In the 1920s, when the first version of this sculpture was made, Schwitters was exploring ways of combining geometric forms with more fluid, organic shapes. The sculpture twists upwards, suggesting the 'half spiral' that he identified as 'the most important of my forms'. This replica was made to stand as Schwitters' gravestone in Ambleside, in the Lake District, but the local vicar refused to have it erected. The title is a piece of wordplay. It identifies a favourite flower, but also one who 'does not live to enjoy the autumn of his days.'

August 2004

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