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Child Playing after Boccioni (Spielendes Kind nach Boccioni) (Z. i. 24)

While Schwitters is best known for his collage work (such as Merzbild 13A [Eskenazi Museum of Art [75.39](view/entries/507)]), he also produced an influential series of lithographs called the i-Zeichung (or i-drawings). Perhaps, more than any of his other work, these small prints reflect the influence of the Italian Futurists on Schwitter’s artistic development. In this image, a young girl shown painting the head of a doll seated on a pedestal seems to vibrate through simultaneous multiple images. The interest in expressing movement is a direct reference to the work of Umberto Boccioni (1882–1916), whom Schwitters acknowledges in the piece’s title.

Kurt Schwitters
German, 1887–1948
Child Playing after Boccioni (Spielendes Kind nach Boccioni) (Z. i. 24)
1926
Lithograph (trimmed) on paper
Image/sheet: 6 3/8 x 4 7/8 in. (16.1 x 12.3 cm); mount: 11 5/8 x 9 ½ in. (29.5 x 24.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 72.3

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