Sketch of an unknown bearded man by Kurt Schwitters

Schwitters began visiting Ambleside while on holiday in 1943 and moved there permanently due to ill health.

Details

Medium:
Pencil on paper
Dimensions:
26.7 x 18.4 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,500 ( Total: £2,000)
Acquired in:
2002
Vendor:
Mrs Sally Pitt

While there, he painted landscapes and portraits and often painted people's portrait instead of paying a bill. Perhaps the unknown man was a Cumbrian, perhaps a fellow prisoner-of-war, perhaps this was sketched in exchange for a free meal. The movement within the sketch, the rapidity with which it was clearly drawn is a reminder of Schwitters' energy for art and immediacy.

Provenance

Mrs George Mackereth, 1940s; by descent to Mrs Sally Pitt of Windermere.

Venue details

Armitt Museum and Library Rydal Road, AMBLESIDE Cumbria LA22 9BL 01539 431212 www.armitt.com

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £3.50)

Mon - Sat, 10am - 5pm (last admission 4.30pm)

Closed over Christmas holidays

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