Weisse Frau in Gras (Fairy) [White Woman in the Grass (Fairy)]
© DACS 2008

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Weisse Frau in Gras (Fairy) [White Woman in the Grass (Fairy)] 1954
  • Artist Rooms
In his drawings, Joseph Beuys often makes connections between humans, our environment and primitive rituals. By referring to the female figure in this drawing as a 'fairy', the artist makes reference to folklore. Beuys was greatly knowledgeable about German folk customs but he was equally interested in shamanism and the tribal magic of other cultures. His use of colour is always deliberate and significant, and in this drawing, he has suggested the woman's connection to nature by surrounding her with green grass. His use of watercolour as a medium also ties in with his depictions of women as fluid and connected with water.

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Medium/ media

The material from which an artwork is made, e.g. oil paint, bronze, paper. 'Medium' is also used for the liquid element of paint in which a colouring agent is carried. 'Mixed media' is used when an artist combines several different materials in an artwork.


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

Medium/ media, Watercolour


  • Acc. No. AR00101
  • Medium Graphite and watercolour on card
  • Size 19.30 x 12.20 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