THE BOOK 'DIE SCHEUCHE' (SCARECROW)
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THE BOOK 'DIE SCHEUCHE' (SCARECROW)

WRITTEN BY KURT SCHWITTERS, KÄTE STEINITZ AND T. V. DOESBURG, 1925

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THE BOOK 'DIE SCHEUCHE' (SCARECROW)
WRITTEN BY KURT SCHWITTERS, KÄTE STEINITZ AND T. V. DOESBURG, 1925
The inside of the cover with handwritten inscription Tr. Schröder, the back cover inscribed with pencil MOMA 52.1404.3
20.5 x 24.5 cm.
Together with five photographs taken in the Rietveld Schröder House, most probably on the 23th of August 1959 (Truus Schröder's 70th birthday), one with Han, her sister Marjan and a unidentified person (her brother Binnert?) acting out Schwitters Scarecrow fairytails, Truus Schröder and some else (probably Florence Maly, Han's partner) watching, the reverse inscribed 23 aug '59, one with Gerrit Rietveld, Truus Schröder and another man, one with Han, Truus and Marjan Schröder, one with Han, Florence, Marjan, Binnert (?) and Truus around the table with zig zag chairs, one with a portrait of Rietveld inscribed to the reverse Opname v Han reprod. Joke D 23 aug. 59 (6)
Provenance
Truus Schröder-Schräder (1889-1985);
Han Schröder (1926-1998) and by descent to the present owner.
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'' ! '' Lots Imported from outside the EU. The buyer's premium is 48.75% incl. VAT over the first €20,000, plus 42.8% incl. VAT of the hammer price between €20,001 and €800.000, plus 33.28% incl. VAT of any amount in excess of 800.000.

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Lot Essay

Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948) was a German painter, sculptor, designer and writer. He became associated with the Dada movement in Berlin after meeting Hans Arp, Raoul Hausmann, Hannah Höch and Richard Huelsenbeck, and he began to make collages that he called Merzbilder. From 1922 to 1930 Schwitters's art was indebted to Russian Constructivism and to De Stijl. Both movements had a great impact in Germany, particularly at the Bauhaus, and Schwitters was a friend of Theo van Doesburg for example on Die Scheuche, a childrens book published as a special issue of Merz in 1925. (www.moma.org)
Truus Schröder said in an interview the following about Kurt Schwitters:
"But after my husband died things began to change. For example, Rietveld came one time and asked if Kurt Schwitters could come one evening and give a performance; Schwitters was in Utrecht for a short time. So he came. It was great fun, Rietveld had invited several people. I don't think I'd asked anyone.
I remember very clearly how the children sat at the top of the staircase with the maid, listening to Schwitters' booming. My goodness, could he boom! And later when I went up to see them, the children told me they'd loved it, but the maid said it was 'more than shocking'!
What did you think of that 'Dada evening'?
Oh, what was it Schwitters said to me? Something like, 'Habe ich Ihnen Freude gemacht'. I said, Yes! - I'd really enjoyed it enormously. He made me laugh uproariously. Well, Schwitters liked that, he liked to 'entertain' you." (P. Overy et al., The Rietveld Schröder House, Houten, 1988, pp. 47-48)

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