Joseph Beuys

Acer Platanoides

About this artwork

The natural sciences were one of Beuys's great interests from an early age. As a child he collected and catalogued biological specimens and made a small laboratory in his house. His study was aided by a copy of Carl Linnaeus's book of classification for the natural world, 'Systema Naturae', which Beuys was able to save from a Nazi book burning at his school library. This is the earliest work by Beuys in the ARTIST ROOMS collection, made when the artist was twenty-four years old. The leaf is from a Norway maple tree, a species native to central and eastern Europe.

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Acer Platanoides
  • date created:
    1945
  • materials:
    Leaf on paper
  • measurements:
    47.40 x 31.70 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    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
  • accession number:
    AR00630
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys