Joseph Beuys
Pyramidal image 1979

Artwork details

Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
Pyramidal image
Pyramidales Bild
Date 1979
Medium 2 works on printed paper, oil paint
Dimensions Support (upper): 324 x 546 mm
support (lower): 322 x 547 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

This work is based around the shape of the triangle. The triangle or triad is used in Christianity, but also in theosophy and the writings of the philosopher Rudolf Steiner, who believed that the development of humanity could be tracked by the movement of state, economy and intellectual life. Beuys was greatly interested in Steiner's theories on society and he also used the shape as a symbol for his own theory of sculpture, to suggest unity and harmony but also movement. Newspapers are used as a basis for many of the artist's works, and here are artfully revealed and concealed.

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