• A Perfect Package - Rethinking Kurt Schwitters' Merz barn

    Author(s):
    Gwendolen Webster (see profile)
    Date:
    2012
    Group(s):
    German Literature and Culture
    Subject(s):
    Art history, Dada, Exile studies, Installation art, Weimar culture, Wordsworth
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Kurt Schwitters, Lake District, Merzbau, Picturesque
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6W66980V
    Abstract:
    John Elderfield's 1985 study of Kurt Schwitters more than once relates his work to the Picturesque tradition, likening him to those early Picturesque travellers who surveyed landscape through city eyes. Taking Elderfield's idea as a starting -point, this essay contests the widely held claim that Kurt Schwitters' Merz Barn was conceived as a private, regressive work that manifests the artist's retreat from 20th century avant-garde practices.
    Notes:
    Readers should note that since this article was written, Claife Station has been restored and is now open to the public.
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    Published
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