Joseph Beuys

aus dem Leben der Bienen [From the Life of the Bees]

About this artwork

Bees were among the animals in which Beuys was most interested and they appear in his work through his life. While at art school he produced a series of drawings called 'Queen Bees', but his interest may have begun after reading the philosopher Rudolf Steiner's 1923 lecture on bees in which Steiner compared the functioning of a beehive to human society. Beuys viewed bees as a symbol of socialism due to the way in which they live and work together; he was also fascinated by the production of honey. The scientific apparatus featured in this drawing reappears in other works by Beuys of the mid-to late 1950s.

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  • artist:
    Joseph BeuysGerman (1921 - 1986)
  • title:
    aus dem Leben der Bienen [From the Life of the Bees]
  • date created:
    1954
  • materials:
    Watercolour on paper
  • measurements:
    50.20 x 68.50 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:
    AR00635
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys