ARTIST ROOMS

Joseph BeuysBraunkreuz 1962

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Artist
Joseph Beuys (1921‑1986)
Title
Braunkreuz
Date 1962
Medium5 works on paper, oil paint
Dimensionssupport (upper left): 169 x 178 mm support (upper right): 125 x 179 mm support (lower left): 115 x 179 mm support (lower centre): 177 x 178 mm support (lower right): 120 x 179 mm
Collection
Acquisition ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Reference
AR00652
Not on display

Online caption

Beuys lets the medium take centre stage in this work. Made of five pieces of paper, it is titled after the distinctive brown oil paint the artist used, whose name translates as 'Brown cross'. Compared to his more delicate watercolour drawings of the 1950s, Beuys's Braunkreuz works are bold and have a sculptural aspect. The medium was named by the artist himself, whose love of language and word play is demonstrated in the name's composition, where two words compound to make a new word. This echoes the composition of the cross shape, where two elements intersect to form a third.

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