Joseph Beuys

Sculptures

1954

Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support (upper): 245 x 347 mm
support (lower): 241 x 346 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
AR00102

Online caption

This is a two-part work on paper, whose title suggests it is either a depiction of sculptures or a plan for sculptures to be made. Beuys used his drawings as a way of setting out ideas before making sculptures, referring to them as a 'reservoir that I can get important impulses from'. The long shapes recall the solid, static symbols the artist used to represent masculinity. They are painted in iron chloride, a chemical the artist often combined with watercolour in his paintings, which has a distinctive orange-brown colour.

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