Kurt Schwitters
Untitled (Black and Blue) 1923

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Kurt Schwitters 1887–1948
Untitled (Black and Blue)
Ohne Titel (Schwarz und Blau)
Date 1923
Medium Graphite and crayon on paper
Dimensions Support: 116 x 86 mm
Acquisition Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to Tate 2007
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The rough pencil hatching in this drawing initially distracts from the rhythmic repetition of the six blue crayon forms. Schwitters was fascinated by the relationship between chance and order. Here, the contrast between the more random pencil marks and the carefully defined blue forms can be seen as an exploration of that relationship.

August 2004

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