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Ohne Titel (Relief mit roter Pyramide) [Untitled (Relief with Red Pyramid)] About 1927 - 1930

Not on display

This relief is thought to have been inspired by the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922, an event which had a major and immediate impact in the art world. A pyramid can be seen in the background and the tall figures mimic the stylized profiles found in Egyptian art. Schwitters is also using the composition to explore the relationship between real and pictorial space. The red line at the top links the real and painted curved forms and the tall figure on the right has a painted shadow to give the illusion of depth.

Glossary Open


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.


A form of sculpture where the image or design projects from a flat surface types of which include, bas-relief or low relief.


To represent something in accordance with artistic convention rather than its actual appearance.

Composition, Relief, Stylization


  • Acc. No. GMA 2077
  • Medium Oil on wood relief on plywood
  • Size 60.00 x 50.20 cm (framed: 79.00 x 68.00 x 10.00 cm - glazed)
  • Credit Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh: purchased 1979