Joseph Beuys

Untitled

1957

Medium
Stone dust and clay on paper
Dimensions
Support: 316 x 241 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
AR00638

Online caption

This drawing is an example of Beuys's use of unusual materials for his drawings, being made with stone dust and white clay. It was made while Beuys was living on the farm owned by the van der Grinten brothers, following a nervous breakdown brought on by the delayed after-effects of the war. His materials were most likely taken from the farm and surrounding area. Beuys lived with Hans and Franz Joseph van der Grinten from 1957 to 1960, and they became the first collectors of his work. The subject of the drawing is unclear, but may be a coal scuttle or similar household item.