Hausmann made countless collages, photomontages and sculptural assemblages. He embodied the spirit of Dada in his manifesto:
"The doll a child throws away, a brightly coloured scrap of cloth, are more essential expressions than those of all the jackasses who wish to transplant themselves for all eternity in oil-paints into an endless number of front parlours...CUBISTIC, ORPHISM, FUTURISM... L'Art Dada will offer them a fabulous rejuvenation, an impulse towards the true experience of all relationships...In Dada you will recognize your true state: wonderful constellations in real materials, wire, glass, cardboard, cloth, organically matching your own consummate, inherent inwardness, your own shoddiness." [Source: History of Collage by Eddie Wolfram, p. 80]
Tatlin at Home is Hausmann's portrait of Vladimir Tatlin, a Russian collagist who made "collaged-reliefs" from scrap materials like wood, metal, paper, glass and plaster. [Ibid, p. 54]
True to the spirit of dada/collage, I used Tatlin in one of my own collages.
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