Yellow on Centre
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Yellow on Centre 1984
  • Artist Rooms
Although Beuys did not create art in a deliberately abstract style, this work is reminiscent of German artist Josef Albers's series of works 'Homage to the Square', as well as of the colourful abstracts of Beuys's favourite pupil, Blinky Palermo. The use of the square here focuses attention on the simplicity of the shape and the colour, made all the more striking by the neutral cardboard background. Beuys viewed colour as a 'material', using it deliberately and sparingly. Yellow is a colour which suggests warmth and sunshine. Another notable appearance of the colour in the artist's work can be found in the multiple 'Capri Battery' (1985), where the yellow suggests the sunshine of the Italian island where Beuys lived while recovering from a lung condition.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.

Abstract art

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00692
  • Medium Painted metal on card
  • Size 37.00 x 27.40 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