Merz 32 A. The Cherry Picture: Kurt Schwitters

The term “Merz” refers to an art style and is a synonym for the art style of Dada. It was popularized and traces back to Kurt Schwitters. He came up with the term Merz in the process of  creating a collage with the German word Kommerz, which translates to “commerce”

Merz 32 A. The Cherry Picture was one of many creations that Kurt Scwitters had in the series. This piece was created in 1921, about two years after his shift to being primarily an abstract collage artist. This piece is very complex and uses different found materials such as cut and pasted colored and printed paper, cloth, wood, meal, cork, oil, pencil, and ink on paperboard. This abstract image never lets  your eye rest and is constructed of various shapes. The only truly recognizable image is one of a cherry directly in the middle of the image. Schwitters uses light and dark material, along with pencil and ink to create an illusion of overlapping objects. It kills the idea that the piece is a two-dimensional object and  creates layers. You also see a few glimpses of text. This is just an example of how he used everyday items off the streets to construct his work, further connecting reality to an abstract view of art and beauty.

This image is a great example of Merz or Dada style art. The connection between real life and abstract is its defining quality. This piece influenced many other artists during that time and after him. You can find this image in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Schwitters, K. (1970, January 01). Merz picture 32a (The Cherry Picture), 1921 – Kurt Schwitters. Retrieved April 16, 2021, from https://www.wikiart.org/en/kurt-schwitters/cherry-picture-1921