Sunday, December 26, 2010

An Amazing Gift!

Let me first point out that I have the best husby in the world.  I mentioned this book about Kurt Schwitters once about a month ago, and Brian filed away that information as a gift idea.

Imagine my surprise when I opened the gift and I got that amazing book!  :D

To be honest, I don't know that much about Kurt Schwitters, but I'm about to find out much more.  The book that I got is called "Kurt Schwitters: Color and Collage" by Isabel Schultz.  It's got wonderfully large photos of his work, from 1914 to 1947. 

Mz 601 (1923)

What I already know about his work is that it embodies much of what I love about collage - his use of ephemera! 

I mean, check out these amazing collages:  Mz 601 (1923) and Prikken paa I en (Dot on the I, 1939).  THIS is the kind of work I try and emulate, in my own way.  The way the ticket stubs, old calendars, newspaper bits, flyers, stamps and his own painting mesh so fluidly - it's magic!

There's also something so perfect about the use of color in these pieces.  I love that patinaed look of old paper - to me, it's a color you can't replicate with paint; it only exists with weathering and time.  And call me weird, but there also seems to be a sort of melancholy to these works too - maybe that's just me.  :D

Prikken paa I en (Dot on the I), 1939

I can't wait to dig into this book more and read about his life - it sounds fascinating!  To be continued....



  1. great that u can get so enthusiastic about something so rare as collages.
    and, no, u are not mad.
    people need to look and get more aout of these things

  2. Hi Mel - Ive just finished a year of stitched daily collages and have been looking at other collagists..Kurt Schwitters is vintage! great collages, I agree...have you seen the Masters collage book compiled by Randel Plowman.

  3. Thanks for your great comment, Saigon! :D

    Heather - congrats on your year of stitched daily collages - I'll have to check those out! I have indeed seen the Masters book - in fact, I own it! :D Did you year that there may be a second book coming out this year? *Crossing fingers*

  4. Glad you enjoyed the catalogue. There is a new book coming out about Schwitters in March 2010.
    Warm regards
    Gwendolen Webster