Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948)
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Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948)

Christmas Card

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Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948)
Christmas Card
signed, dated and inscribed 'Merry Christmas and a happy new year Kurt Schwitters KS 44' (on the blue collage element)
collage, paper flap and coloured pencil on a photograph
7½ x 9 in. (19 x 23 cm.)
Executed in 1944
Provenance
Stefan & Franciszka Themerson, London, a gift from the artist, Christmas 1944.
Nicholas Wadley, London, a gift from the above in 1988.
Literature
S. Themerson, Kurt Schwitters in England, London, 1958 (illustrated p. 7).
F. Lach & D. Marleau, Merz Opéra. Theatre-collage, Montreal, 1988 (illustrated).
K. Orchard & I. Schulz (eds.), Kurt Schwitters, Catalogue raisonné, vol. 3, 1937-1948, Hanover, 2003, no. 3083 (illustrated p. 435).
Exhibited
New York, Ubu Gallery, Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948). Collages, Paintings, Drawings, Objects, Ephemera, April - May 2003, no. 28 (illustrated).
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Lot Essay

Kurt Schwitters met Stefan and Franciszka Themerson in Jankel Adler's studio in London in 1944. Themerson, a Polish-born film-maker and author, had just settled in London with his wife having fled, like Schwitters, from Nazi-occupied Europe. The two men became close friends and that year Schwitters painted a portrait of Themerson (Orchard & Schulz no. 3076; Sprengel Museum, Hannover). After founding the Gaberbocchus Press, Themerson published a book on the artist in 1958, Kurt Schwitters in England 1940-1948, a copy of which accompanies this work.

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