Hare's Blood
© DACS 2008

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Hare's Blood 1974-1977
  • Artist Rooms
By the time of Beuys's first trip to America, on the 1974 lecture tour 'Energy Plan for the Western Man', the artist was well known for his public talks. During his lectures, Beuys would make notes on a blackboard, many of which became works of art in their own right. In his Minneapolis lecture, he drew on lithographic printing plates instead of a blackboard, which were later used to make the series of six prints, 'Minneapolis Fragments' (1977). This is one of those plates. Although it has been cancelled by incising it with an 'X' so no further prints can be made, Beuys has transformed it into a new work by adding hare's blood, an ink stamp and his signature. Beuys associated hare's blood with female creativity.

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Lithograph

A printmaking technique using a stone or zinc plate to which the image is applied with a greasy material. After wetting the plate, greasy ink is applied. The ink sticks only to the drawn image and not the wet surface, thus creating a reproduction when applied to paper.

Print

An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Lithograph, Print

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00625
  • Medium Graphite, blood and stamp on aluminium plate
  • Size 79.50 x 107.70 x 5.10 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