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Joseph Beuys Girl Pushing Against Elastic Sculpture 1961

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Artwork details

Artist
Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
Title
Girl Pushing Against Elastic Sculpture
Madchen drucht elastische Plastik ein
Date 1961
Medium Printed paper and oil paint on paper
Dimensions Support: 238 x 339 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
AR00113
Not on display

Online caption

The 'elastic sculpture' could refer to a felt sculpture which takes on the curves of the female figure. However, the woman who pushes against the large mass seems to almost be absorbed into it and overwhelmed by it, as it edges her out of the picture. The collaged element of this work is a diary page, which has been covered with the same Braunkreuz oil paint used for the painting. The inclusion of the page brings an aspect of the everyday to the image.

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