Joseph Beuys

Woman with falling stone

1959

Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 296 x 207 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
AR00645

Online caption

In this drawing we see a female figure, drawn between the vertical lines of lined paper, as if trapped inside an accounts book. The drawing is an example of the artist incorporating the features pre-existing on his material to enhance his work. This device of trapping the woman serves to highlight her isolation. This is a feature frequently seen in Beuys's drawings of women in the 1950s, as is the lack of definition on the figure's face. The woman is shown as statuesque but the falling stone looms ominously above her head, bringing the threat of impending violence to the image.

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