About this artwork

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.

  • title:
    Mz 299
  • accession number:
    GMA 4081
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  • materials:
    Collage on paper
  • date created:
    1921
  • measurements:
    18.00 x 14.50 cm (including mount: 20.00 x 16.00 cm)
  • credit line:
    Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh: bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Kurt Schwitters

Kurt Schwitters