Joseph Beuys
Bathroom of Circe 1954-8

Artwork details

Artist
Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
Title
Bathroom of Circe
Badezimmer der Circe
Date 1954-8
Medium Watercolour and gold paint on paper and board
Dimensions Support: 213 x 304 mm
Collection
No information available
Reference
AR00636
Not on display
ARTIST ROOMS

Online caption

Circe is a figure from Greek mythology, sometimes depicted as a witch or sorceress. She transformed her enemies into animals by giving them magic potions, a fact which reflects Beuys's interest in shamanism. This work, which is a collage of paper on board, also shows the artist's interest in the Irish writer James Joyce. Joyce's epic novel 'Ulysses', contains an episode in the second part called 'Circe', and from 1958 to 1961 Beuys wrote two new chapters for 'Ulysses'. Joyce is believed by some critics to be the addressee of the group of drawings Beuys assembled called 'The secret block for a secret person in Ireland'.

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