Mz 299
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Mz 299 1921
The 'Mz' in the title of this work stands for 'Merz' and is followed by a number to denote that it is the 299th collage of the series. Schwitters produced around 2000 collages during his life, using coloured and printed papers with a variety of textures. His inclusion of fragments of paper, which have text on them, is reminiscent of cubist works, which feature scraps of newspaper. Schwitters's collages of 1920 to 1922 frequently employ a 'radiating' format, with diagonally pasted papers fanning out from the bottom centre.

Glossary Open

Collage

An image constructed from found materials, such as photographs, paper or fabric, glued to a surface, sometimes with additional painted or drawn elements. It is an art form particularly associated with Dada and Surrealism.

Cubism

A style of painting originated by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the first two decades of the 20th century. Instead of painting a figure or object from a fixed position they represented it from multiple viewpoints.

Collage, Cubism

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 4081
  • Medium Collage on paper
  • Size 18.00 x 14.50 cm (including mount: 20.00 x 16.00 cm)
  • Credit Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh: bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995