‘The 100’ #4 – Kurt Schwitters.

Difficult - Kurt Schwitters. 1943.

Kurt Schwitters  (1887–1948) was a German artist who subverted the accepted concepts of the art of his day by working in several art forms and media, including Dada, Surrealism, poetry, sound, collage, painting and found objects. Schwitters wandered the streets of Hanover searching for discarded junk, like bus-tickets, buttons, and shreds of paper. He then assembled this refuse into compositions that he called “Merz” – art pieces built out of found objects; some were very small and some took the form of large constructions, or what would later in the 20th century be called Installations. Much of Schwitters’ work involves found text.

Portrait of Kurt Schwitters by Lissitzky

El Lissitzky, (1890 – 1941) was a Russian designer, architect and photographer who worked closely with Kazimir Malevich and Kurt Schwitters and is considered to have been an important member of the former Soviet Union’s avant-garde. Here we see El Lissitzky using photography and collaged text to create a portrait of his friend Schwitters.

For explanation see my ‘Post Number 100’

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Text in Art. 2 – El Lissitzky

El Lissitzky, (1890 – 1941)  was a Russian designer, architect and photographer who worked closely with Kazimir Malevich and is considered to have been an important member of the former Soviet Union’s avant-garde. Lissitzky’s experiments with graphic design techniques and photography have continued to influence graphic artists to today. In my post of Oct 5 (First painting with Text?) I proposed that Picasso’s Still Life with Chair Caning was possibly the first western painting containing text as an intricate part of the art work. El Lissitzky was not western and was a graphic artist, yet he did incorporate text into his work; so I have included him in my explorations of Text in Art. The examples of Lissitzky’s work below come from a later period than Picasso’s ..Chair Caning of 1912.

 
Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge 1919
El Lissitzky - 1923
El Lissitzky - Portrait of Kurt Schwitters -1924