Visual Analysis


The Merz by Kurt Schwitters

Schwitters uses both horizontal and vertical lines in this piece, along with the odd use of diagonal lines. I think he used diagonal lines to add contrast to the piece and create new lines and shapes that are normally avoided in art because of the use of the diagonal line. Schwitters also uses overlapping in this piece to give it a layered effect. The use of geometric shapes gives the illiusion of this piece being a normal standard piece of art in the time it was created, however the intention of the Dada movement  was to seperate themselves from normal art form. The colours used in this piece consist of the primary colours along with a mixture of greens and blues. There are limited bright colours used in this piece, the main detail is the background colour of greens and blues that all merge into one tone. Schwitters used mostly squares and rectangles in this piece, only using the occasional circle to add difference and contrast to the piece. The use of the squares and rectangles makes the texture of the piece look rough and raised, the hard edges make the layers stand out. The tone within this piece is very dark and dreary, the grees and blues make the background have a doom and gloom effect and create a base for the primary colours used. The composition of the piece is very random, odd and jumbled. I think that this chosen composition works really well for this piece, the way everthing has been laid out in a random manner makes the layering on the piece and the jumbled technique even more effective.  


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