Pyramidales Bild
© DACS 2008

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Pyramidales Bild 1979
  • Artist Rooms
This work is based around the shape of the triangle. The triangle or triad is used in Christianity, but also in theosophy and the writings of the philosopher Rudolf Steiner, who believed that the development of humanity could be tracked by the movement of state, economy and intellectual life. Beuys was greatly interested in Steiner's theories on society and he also used the shape as a symbol for his own theory of sculpture, to suggest unity and harmony but also movement. Newspapers are used as a basis for many of the artist's works, and here are artfully revealed and concealed.

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Theosophy

A religious philosophy based on the knowledge of God through mystical insight. It can refer specifically to the Theosophical Foundation, founded by Helena Blavatsky and Henry Steel Olcott in 1875. Its teachings include the belief in a universal truth uniting all people, drawing on aspects of several different religions.

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Details

  • Acc. No. AR00687
  • Medium 2 works on printed paper, oil paint
  • Size 32.40 x 54.60 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