Just finished The Triumph of Kurt Schwitters by Barbara Crossley, the Russell Mills-designed cover having caught my eye in Abbot Hall Gallery a couple of weeks ago. It's heartbreaking reading. Schwitters spent his last decades in poverty and obscurity as a refugee in Ambleside, and his work was burned, bombed, lost, stolen and chopped up for firewood. He died just before the opening an exhibition of his collages at MoMA - the first time their significance was fully appreciated by the art world.
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