Joseph Beuys
Untitled 1959

Artwork details

Artist
Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
Title
Untitled
Date 1959
Medium Grey oil and pencil on white paper
Dimensions Support: 279 x 214 mm
Collection
No information available
Reference
AR00644
Not on display
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Online caption

A pencil drawing is visible beneath the thick, dark oil paint of this work. Although it looks as if the artist might have been dissatisfied with the drawing and decided to paint over it, it was most likely a deliberate action to include both the pencil and paint elements. The grey oil paint seems like an unusual choice for Beuys, who frequently used the distinctive brown Braunkreuz paint when he wished to use a neutral colour. However, as with the composition of the work, the colour choice would have been intentional.

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