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The Centrifugal Forces of the Mountains
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The Centrifugal Forces of the Mountains 1953

On Display Modern Two

  • Artist Rooms
Beuys was fascinated by the natural world from a young age and this childhood interest stayed with him throughout his artistic career. Images of mountains like those in this three-part work are common in his drawings and explore the ways in which the forces of nature have shaped the environment for centuries. Beuys was drawn to subjects that serves as reminders to the earth’s great age, from rock formations to glaciers and fossil fuels. He was less interested in illustrating real mountains, instead focusing on what he called “an inner archetype of the idea of a mountain: the mountains of the self.”


  • Acc. No. AL00196
  • Medium Pencil on paper, 3 parts
  • Size 28.60 x 21.00 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010