Blau (Blue)
Artwork: Blau (Blue)
Size: 53 x 42 cm
Medium: Oil and wood relief
Creation year: 1926
Marks: Signed Schwitters and titled (on the reverse)
Category: Paintings
Artwork details : Created 1923-26
Provenance: Ernst Schwitters, Lysaker, Norway (by descent from the artist in 1948 and until 1978); Marlborough Fine Art, London (on commission 1963-1978); Galerie Gmurzynska, Cologne (acquired by 1978); Acquired from the previous by the present owner
Exhibition history: Munster, Westfalisches Landesmuseum, Reliefs, 1980, no. 81, illustrated in color in the catalogue; Caracas, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, El espiritu Dada 1915/1925, 1980-81, illustrated in color in the catalogue; Madrid, Fundacion Juan March & Barcelona, Fundacio Joan Miro, Kurt Schwitters, 1982-83, no. 54, illustrated in color in the catalogue; Zurich, Kunsthaus; Dusseldorf, Stadtische Kunsthalle und Kunstverein fur die Rheinlande und Westfalen; Vienna, Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts & Berlin, Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Schloss Charlottenburg, Orangerie & DAAD-Galerie, Der Hang zum Gesamtkunstwerk: Europaische Utopien seit 1800, 1983-84, n.n; New York, The Museum of Modern Art; London, The Tate Gallery & Hanover, Sprengel Museum, Kurt Schwitters, 1985-86, no. 60, illustrated in the catalogue; Paris, Musee National d’Art Moderne, Qu'est-ce que la sculpture moderne?, 1986, no. 69, illustrated in color in the catalogue; Paris, Musee National d’Art Moderne; Valencia, Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno & Grenoble, Musee de Grenoble, Kurt Schwitters, 1994-95, n.n., illustrated in color in the catalogue; Leipzig, Museum der Bildenden Kunste & Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, Kurt Schwitters. I is Style, 2000, n.n., illustrated in color in the catalogue (illustrated upside down); Basel, Museum Tinguely, Kurt Schwitters: MERZ - ein Gesamtweltbild, 2004, no. 66, illustrated in color in the catalogue; Madrid, Fundacion Juan March, Celebration of Art: A Half Century of the Fundacion Juan March, 2005-06, no. 26, illustrated in color in the catalogue; Houston, The Menil Collection; Princeton, Princeton University Art Museum & Berkeley, University of California, Berkeley Art Museum, Kurt Schwitters: Color and Collage, 2010-11, no. 33, illustrated in color in the catalogue

Sotheby's New York

Date: 2017-05-16
Lot Number: 34