Kurt Schwitters Untitled (With Vase Shape and Circle) 1938

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Kurt Schwitters 1887–1948
Untitled (With Vase Shape and Circle)
Ohne Titel (Mit Vasenform und Kreis)
Date 1938
Medium Graphite on card
Dimensions Support: 410 x 308 mm
Acquisition Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to Tate 2007
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Schwitters was in Norway by the time that he made Pencil Drawing in 1938. It is rather unusual in its precision, combining energetically flicked strokes in the central vase form with very careful hatching. It was created in the moment of calm between his exile from Germany and his escape, on the Nazi invasion of Norway, to Britain in 1940.

August 2004

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