Picture of Spatial Growths - Picture with Two Small Dogs - Kurt Schwitters, 1920-39
From the Tate Modern’s website:
This assemblage of discarded rubbish and printed ephemera was begun in Germany in 1920. In 1937, Schwitters fled Nazi Germany and went to Norway, where he added layers of Norwegian material: theatre tickets, receipts, newspaper cuttings, scraps of lace, and a box with two china dogs. The different layers of collage reflect the artist’s journey into exile. Schwitters coined the term Merz to describe this form of art, which arranges the detritus of urban civilization in a highly ordered composition.
Paul Signac, Opus 217: Portrait of Félix Fénéon
i did a project on Velazquez in high school for a Spanish class, and I never noticed how breathtaking “Las Meninas” is as a painting. Granted, it was a Spanish History class, and not an Art History class, so honestly, the importance of art was never really explored the way it could have been, but still - I feel cheated. We learned about Goya, Dali, Dominguez, Picasso, Miro, and Dali…but I learned very little about their works and what they meant. Guernica was probably the only painting that we tried to analyze and discuss, but the focus of the class was on the language, not the history, unfortunately. Coulda used the culture…could use the art for inspiration in my own pieces. I could name drop famous Spanish artists all day…could probably tell you when Pablo’s rose period was…but damn, I wish we actually studied the pieces…understood why they were so famous.
Anyway, this painting is really good, lol. Look at it a few times.