Joseph Beuys
Felt Action for an Actress 1965

Artwork details

Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
Felt Action for an Actress
Filz-Aktion für eine Aktrice
Date 1965
Medium Oil paint and graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 210 x 298 mm
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
Not on display

Online caption

In the dark grey oil paint of this work a small face can be seen, with the legs a short distance away shown extended towards the right edge of the page. Beuys has returned to the persona of the actress here, the role in which women are often depicted in his drawings. The woman is engulfed in oil paint, which represents the grey felt the artist used in his sculptures and 'actions'. Although it is a material which can insulate and absorb, felt also has a feminine aspect through its ability to mould to shapes and to provide protection.

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