Joseph Beuys Dove, Food, Rainbow 1949

Artwork details

Artist
Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
Title
Dove, Food, Rainbow
Date 1949
Medium Graphite and watercolour on card
Dimensions Support: 207 x 297 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
AR00095
Not on display
ARTIST ROOMS

Online caption

This painting was made while Beuys was a student at the Staatliche Kunstakademie (State Academy of Art) in Düsseldorf, where he studied from 1947 to 1951. In this period immediately after the Second World War, in which Beuys had participated as a fighter pilot, nature was a central source of inspiration. Much of the artist's work included plant and animal forms. Here, he has emphasised the simple outlines of the three elements of the picture, which are arranged harmoniously to form a circle. Beuys had shown a talent for painting in watercolour from a young age, with some of his paintings displayed in his school.

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