- Kurt Schwitters
- Mz 330. ine Dresd.
- Signed K. Schwitters., dated 1921. and titled Mz 330. ine Dresd. (on the artist's mount)
- Collage on paper mounted on card
- Image: 7 by 5 5/8 in.; 17.9 by 14.3 cm
- Mount: 8 5/8 by 6 3/4 in.; 22 by 17.3 cm
Roman Norbert Ketterer, Stuttgart
Sidney Janis Gallery, New York (acquired by 1957)
Private Collection, New York (acquired from the above in February 1959)
Thence by descent
New York, Galerie Chalette, Kurt Schwitters, 1963, no. 20
Karin Orchard & Isabel Schulz, Kurt Schwitters, Catalogue raisonné, 1905-1922, vol. I, Hannover, 2000, no. 889, illustrated p. 418
The present work was executed in Dresden, where the artist had traveled for a poetry recital, stopping in Erfurt, Weimar and Leipzig along the way. Mz 330. ine Dresd. is exceptional for its wonderfully nuanced palette, including a shimmering golden sheen visible which dazzles under close inspection, as well as for its use of a collage element from the famous Suchard chocolate factory—among the most readily recognizable advertisement elements that Schwitters would incorporate into his Merz output. The piece is further remarkable for its provenance, acquired by fellow Der Sturm artist Rudolf Bauer directly from Schwitters in 1922, and later sold by the prestigious Sidney Janis Gallery in New York.