Joseph Beuys

Wooden Virgin


Not on display

Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
Original title
Jungfrau (Holz)
Oil paint on paper
Support: 180 × 237 mm
frame: 680 × 525 × 33 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

This drawing relates to a sculpture of 1961 called 'Virgin'. Made of teak wood carved in simple geometric shapes, the sculpture is three metres long and lies on the ground with legs splayed, as shown in this work. Beuys's depictions of women often connected them to the natural world and seasonal cycles. The use of dark brown oil paint for the drawing suggests a connection with the earth, and the figure blends easily into its earthy surroundings. The circular stamp to the left of the drawing is likely a later addition.

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