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Artist: Kurt Schwitters, German, 1887–1948

For K S Dreier Viel Freude! (For K S Dreier Much Joy!)

October 3, 1937

Collage of paper and wax paper on board

image: 13.6 × 6.8 cm (5 3/8 × 2 11/16 in.) sheet: 15.1 × 9.7 cm (5 15/16 × 3 13/16 in.)
Gift of the Estate of Katherine S. Dreier
1953.6.196
In 1946, after World War II, Katherine Dreier managed to locate and reconnect with her old friend Kurt Schwitters. From his recently established residence in England, he sent her a number of new collages, including this one dedicated to her. Schwitters considered even modest works such as this collage to be complete and concise statements of his Merz aesthetic. Schwitters’s delicate association of distinct geometric elements in this work belies the strength of the composition, a characteristic of Schwitters’s art that Dreier greatly admired.
Geography: 
Made in Germany
Status: 
By appointment
Culture: 
German
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Collages
Provenance: 

Gift of the artist to Katherine S. Dreier, 1937-1952; YUAG, Katherine S. Dreier Bequest, 1953.

Bibliography: 

Ruth L. Bohan et al., The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America, ed. Jennifer Gross, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2006), 205, ill.

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