Joseph Beuys



Not on display

Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
5 works on paper, oil paint
Support (upper left): 169 × 178 mm
support (upper right): 125 × 179 mm
support (lower left): 115 × 179 mm
support (lower centre): 177 × 178 mm
support (lower right): 120 × 179 mm
frame: 540 × 674 × 27 mm
ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland
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

Online caption

Beuys lets the medium take centre stage in this work. Made of five pieces of paper, it is titled after the distinctive brown oil paint the artist used, whose name translates as 'Brown cross'. Compared to his more delicate watercolour drawings of the 1950s, Beuys's Braunkreuz works are bold and have a sculptural aspect. The medium was named by the artist himself, whose love of language and word play is demonstrated in the name's composition, where two words compound to make a new word. This echoes the composition of the cross shape, where two elements intersect to form a third.

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