Joseph Beuys

INTELLIGENTIA

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About this artwork

This drawing is a study of several different creatures. On the left are the long legs of a bird, paired with strange rectangular wings which have a mechanistic look. The shape at the top is a schematic drawing of a bird's body with a horizontal line to represent outstretched wings. Extending below the body is a long shape which looks like the segmented body of a bee. To the bottom right is a pair of swans. Beuys's interest in the swan can be traced back to his childhood, when he was told medieval legends involving swans and could see the sculpture of a golden swan on the roof of a castle from his bedroom window.

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  • artist:
  • title:
    INTELLIGENTIA
  • date created:
    1965
  • materials:
    Graphite on paper
  • measurements:
    25.40 x 25.60 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:
    AR00668
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys