Joseph Beuys Untitled 1959

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Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
Date 1959
Medium Oil paint and graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 279 x 214 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

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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