Joseph Beuys Houses of the Shaman 1965

Artwork details

Artist
Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
Title
Houses of the Shaman
Date 1965
Medium 2 works on paper, oil paint and graphite
Dimensions Support (left): 359 x 259 mm
support (right): 353 x 255 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
AR00121
Not on display
ARTIST ROOMS

Online caption

Shamanism is a recurring theme for Beuys. Although the shaman himself does not feature here, his presence is invoked by the depiction of his houses. It is fitting that Braunkreuz oil paint has been used to paint the houses, as one of the reasons Beuys began to use this specific type of paint was its similarity to the paint used for painting houses in rural areas of Germany. The matt, almost dusty texture of the paint reminds the viewer of the earth and our origins. The shaman, too, is a representative of man's primitive past and natural, uncultured personality.

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