Joseph Beuys

Filz Aktion [Felt Action]

About this artwork

Beuys began to perform his 'actions' in public in 1963 in connection with the Fluxus group. This painting does not appear to relate to a particular 'action' but includes a piece of felt, one of the artist's 'signature' materials which he used in both sculptures and 'actions'. His 'action' of 1964, 'The Chief', involved the artist being wrapped in a blanket of felt. The figure shown here is depicted with sweeping brushstrokes and drips of Braunkreuz oil paint, suggesting that the intended 'action' involved movement.

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  • title:
    Filz Aktion [Felt Action]
  • accession number:
    AR00700
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  • materials:
    Oil paint and felt on paper
  • date created:
    1963
  • measurements:
    64.70 x 43.40 cm
  • 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
  • copyright:
    © DACS 2018.
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys