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Untitled 1958
  • Artist Rooms
This work was made in oil paint on architectural paper. The background of horizontal and vertical lines printed on the paper contrasts sharply with the artist's brushstrokes. The coldness of the printed lines jars against the richness and warmth of the oil paint. Just as with his later sculptural works, Beuys's drawings of the late 1950s were an exploration of form and material. As an artist, he was always interested in bringing together opposing elements in his work and exploring the properties of the materials he used.

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An emulsion paint usually made with egg yolks. It is associated with Italian art of the 13th to the 15th centuries and requires a precise painting technique as colours must be premixed and cannot be manipulated on the painting surface.


A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.

Tempera, Watercolour


  • Acc. No. AR00642
  • Medium Oil and collage on paper
  • Size 21.00 x 29.70 cm (framed: 38.70 x 40.60 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008