Joseph Beuys:
Picture "In Ilverich it Still Smelled of Grass" (1981)
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Picture "In Ilverich it Still Smelled of Grass" (1981)
Joseph Beuys:
Picture "In Ilverich it Still Smelled of Grass" (1981)

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limited, 500 copies | numbered | signed | lithograph | framed | size 48 x 65 cm

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Picture "In Ilverich it Still Smelled of Grass" (1981)
Joseph Beuys: Picture "In Ilverich it Still Smelled of Gr...

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Picture "In Ilverich it Still Smelled of Grass" (1981)

Original lithograph, 1981. Edition: 500 copies, numbered and signed by hand. Catalogue raisonné Schnellmann 384. Sheet size 42 x 59.5 cm. Size in frame 48 x 65 cm as shown.

The picture is titled in German "In Ilverich roch es damals noch nach Gras".

Portrait of the artist Joseph Beuys

About Joseph Beuys

1921-1986

Sculptor, draughtsman, painter, performance artist and art theorist - Joseph Beuys is undoubtedly one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Already during his lifetime, he became a legend with his hat and aviator vest, paving the way for contemporary art today.

However, one typically stands in front of his works like a dying duck in a thunderstorm. And this metaphor actually fits quite well. Animals appear repeatedly in the art star's self-developed mythology, for example, in the environmental art "Lightning with Stag in Its Glare", which is permanently installed in the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The monumental installation consists of 39 metal casts of clay models that are arranged in a room that has been specially designed for the piece. The work compromises dark heaps of clay, symbolising amorphous primaeval creatures, in front of a six-metre-high triangular form cast in bronze, which thins out towards the top and symbolises lightning. The depiction of a stag, cast from an old ironing board resting on "wooden legs", stands out with its silvery matt surface. A kind of creation scene?

Beuys commented that the stag was a component of nature for the ordinary consciousness and raised the following question: "But how does nature now react if every future nature will be a man-made nature?" It is the 80s, Beuys' visionary reflections go far beyond the boundaries of the art world. With the figure of the stag, which also appears very frequently in his drawings, the artist opens up a whole world of possible interpretations. He also establishes art-historical references, for example, to German genre painting and such nature scenes that usually show the stag roaring majestically in front of a lush green forest, a popular motif in German living rooms that has nothing to do with the idea of art that Beuys conveyed. It is difficult if not impossible, and certainly unintentional, to fully understand the artist's sensually enigmatic works.

With Beuys‘ art, it is about feeling something. As is always the case with art.

Hand-signed prints by Beuys are rare and highly sought after: top-ranking investment objects.

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