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The vivid colour of this work suggests blood. Although Beuys sometimes painted with hare's blood, he used red in general to represent life and vitality. Colour was used sparingly by Beuys, as he often favoured the matt brown of Braunkreuz oil paint for his drawings and paintings. As a result, when he does use colour, it is extremely striking and significant. While this neat rectangle of colour may look like a piece of abstract art, this was not one of the artist's primary intentions, as Beuys's wider artistic goal was for the integration of art and reality.