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Untitled 1958
  • Artist Rooms
Beuys was an accomplished watercolourist who had painted since childhood. Made in watercolour and tempera, the torn piece of paper used for this work suggests it was made on any material which came to hand, as impulse struck the artist. Although the subject of this work is unclear, it would have been made to capture a particular idea, which may have reappeared in the artist's later work. For Beuys, the look of the drawing was not important and does not indicate the significance of the work to the artist.

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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. AR00641
  • Medium Watercolour and tempera on paper
  • Size 39.50 x 45.00 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