Joseph Beuys
Sculptures 1954

Artwork details

Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
Date 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
Not on display

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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