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Kurt Schwitters
DAS GRAB DES ALVES BÄSENSTIEL (THE GRAVE OF ALVES BÄSENSTIEL)
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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION

Kurt Schwitters
DAS GRAB DES ALVES BÄSENSTIEL (THE GRAVE OF ALVES BÄSENSTIEL)
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Kurt Schwitters
1887 - 1948
DAS GRAB DES ALVES BÄSENSTIEL (THE GRAVE OF ALVES BÄSENSTIEL)
signed K. Schwitters, dated 1919, titled and inscribed Aq. 29 on the artist's mount (lower right)
watercolour and black crayon on paper affixed to the artist's mount
sheet: 21.2 by 17.5cm., 8 3/8 by 6 7/8 in.
artist's mount: 35.4 by 29.5cm., 14 by 11 5/8 in.
Executed in 1919.
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This work is recorded in the Kurt Schwitters Archive under the number 0542b.

Provenance

Private Collection, Cologne (possibly acquired directly from the artist)
Thence by descent to the present owner in 1954

Catalogue Note

The present work appears to relate to Kurt Schwitter's fictional character of Alves Bäsenstiel in the artist's first important prose story Die Zwiebel: Merzgedicht 8 (The Onion: Merzpoem 8) published in the magazine 'Der Sturm' in 1919. Alves Bäsenstiel or 'Elvis Broomstick' is the narrator and character, whose body is executed by a butcher and reassembled once it is discovered that his eyes have poisoned the carnivorous King. A Dadaist text, the piece can also be seen as commentary on Germany's political situation. The previous lot, may possibly relate to this text.

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