Joseph Beuys

For Felt Sculpture

1964

Artist
Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
Original title
Für Filzplastik
Medium
4 works on paper, oil paint and fat, on board
Dimensions
Support (lower left): 257 x 377 mm
support (lower centre): 260 x 378 mm
support (lower right): 250 x 378 mm
support (upper): 398 x 279 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
Reference
AR00116

Not on display

Online caption

This distinctive image of a rectangle with an angled shape at the bottom is seen in several of Beuys's drawings. Rather than simply being just an abstract shape, the image is intended to create a sense of warmth, as the viewer imagines the chunky pieces of felt. Fat has also been used to make this drawing, the other element Beuys liked to work with. Like felt, fat conjures up a sensation of insulation and warmth. Both materials also refer to the body, as felt is made by compressing fibres or hair.

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