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

Milk Flower

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Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948)
Milk Flower
signed, dated and titled ‘Kurt Schwitters 1947 Milk Flower’ (lower left)
gouache, pencil and charcoal, paper and rubber collage on paper laid down on paper
Image size: 11 ¾ x 9 ½ in. (29.7 x 24.2 cm.)
Mount size: 15 3/8 x 12 ¼ in. (39 x 31 cm.)
Executed in 1947
Provenance
Edith Thomas, London (wife of the artist).
Hanover Gallery, London (acquired from the above, 1955).
G. David Thompson, Pittsburgh (acquired from the above).
Galerie Beyeler, Basel (acquired from the above).
Paul Hänggi, Basel (acquired from the above, 1961).
Galerie Beyeler, Basel (acquired from the above).
Ernst Schwitters, Lysaker (acquired from the above).
Marlborough Fine Art, Ltd., London (acquired from the above, 1963).
Acquired from the above by the late owner, June 1985.
Literature
J. Elderfield, Kurt Schwitters, exh. cat., The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1985, pp. 211 and 418 (illustrated, fig. 273).
E.S. Shaffer, “Kurt Schwitters, Merkünstler: Art and Word-Art,” Word & Image, vol. 6, no. 1, January-March 1990, pp. 105-106 (illustrated, p. 107, fig. 4).
D.A. Steel, “DADA-ADAD: Kurt Schwitters, Poetry, Collage, Typography and the Advert,” Word & Image, vol. 6, no. 2, April-June 1990, pp. 205-206 (illustrated, p. 206, fig. 7).
K. Orchard and I. Schulz, eds., Kurt Schwitters: Catalogue raisonné, 1937-1948, Ostfildern, 2006, vol. 3, p. 624, no. 3536 (illustrated).
Exhibited
Kunsthaus Zürich; Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf; Gemeentemuseum den Haag; New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Turin, Galleria civica d’arte moderna, Thompson, Pittsburgh: aus einer amerikanischen Privatsammlung, October 1960-November 1961, no. 241.
London, Marlborough Fine Art, Ltd., Schwitters, March-April 1963, p. 33, no. 263 (illustrated, p. 104).
Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum; Kolnischer Kunstverein and Rotterdam, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Kurt Schwitters, September 1963-March 1964, p. 30, no. 275 (illustrated, p. 98).
London, Marlborough Fine Art, Ltd., Modern Masters: Drawings and Watercolours, November-December 1966, p. 25, no. 104 (illustrated, p. 26).
Dusseldorf, Städtische Kunsthalle; Berlin, Akademie der Künste; Staatsgalerie Stuttgart; Kunsthalle Basel and Kunstverein in Hamburg, Kurt Schwitters, January-November 1971, p. 37, no. 270.
London, Marlborough Fine Art, Ltd.; Zurich, Marlborough Galerie SA; New York, Marlborough Gallery, Inc.; Rome, Marlborough Galleria d’Arte and Vienna, Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Kurt Schwitters, October 1972-December 1973, p. 28, no. 86 (illustrated, p. 89).
Edinburgh, New 57 Gallery, Kurt Schwitters, August-September 1976, no. 6.
London, Marlborough Fine Art, Ltd., Kurt Schwitters in Exile: The Late Work, 1937-1948, October 1981, pp. 114-115, no. 152 (illustrated, pp. 100 and 153).
Karuizawa, The Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, The Seibu Museum of Art and Otsu, Seibu Department Store, Kurt Schwitters, July 1983-January 1984, p. 184, no. 221 (illustrated, p. 84).
New York, Marlborough Gallery, Inc., Kurt Schwitters, May-June 1985, p. 23, no. 59 (illustrated in color).

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