Walk Only When You Feel: Your Walk Starts Revolution
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Walk Only When You Feel: Your Walk Starts Revolution 1969
  • Artist Rooms
Beuys has layered watercolour, graphite, iron chloride and oil paint in this work on paper. Such unconventional combinations of materials were common in his drawings. The flat, graphic shapes here frequent his paper works from the 1960s and recall the wedges and blocks of felt and fat in his sculptures from this time. Beuys often combined writing and drawing to emphasise the importance of idea over aesthetic. The statement within this work is instructive and powerful and can be related to his role as Professor of Sculpture at the Dusseldorf Academy from 1961 - 1972, when he saw himself as a radical political and spiritual leader, a role that was an extension of his own artistic practice. His conflicts with the establishment led to his dismissal in 1972, despite widespread student strikes and protests. 'Walk Only When You Feel: Your Walk Starts Revolution' can be related to Beuys’s famous multiple 'La Rivoluzione Siamo Noi' 1972 showing Beuys marching towards us and into the future.


  • Acc. No. AL00202
  • Medium Mixed media on paper
  • Size 27.90 x 20.70 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010