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Sonde im Blutkreislauf des Eiches
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Sonde im Blutkreislauf des Eiches 1958

On Display Modern Two

  • Artist Rooms
The area of blood-red paint at the centre of this collage is reminiscent of the heart, man's power source, anticipating the artist's later work with sources of energy. Although the red is tempera paint, Beuys did paint with hare's blood in some drawings. On the reverse of the paper, faintly seen from this side, is an architectural drawing of the Catholic Church in Lübeck, a northern German city. The elk or stag appears in many of Beuys's drawings and, according to myth, represented a spirit guide.


  • Acc. No. AR00634
  • Medium Envelope, tempera, graphite and pin on paper
  • Size 23.80 x 53.20 cm
  • Credit 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