Hare's Blood (1974-1977)
About this artwork
By the time of Beuys's first trip to America, on the 1974 lecture tour 'Energy Plan for the Western Man', the artist was well known for his public talks. During his lectures, Beuys would make notes on a blackboard, many of which became works of art in their own right. In his Minneapolis lecture, he drew on lithographic printing plates instead of a blackboard, which were later used to make the series of six prints, 'Minneapolis Fragments' (1977). This is one of those plates. Although it has been cancelled by incising it with an 'X' so no further prints can be made, Beuys has transformed it into a new work by adding hare's blood, an ink stamp and his signature. Beuys associated hare's blood with female creativity.
- title: Hare's Blood
- accession number: AR00625
- artist: Joseph BeuysGerman (1921 - 1986)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Sculpture
- materials: Graphite, blood and stamp on aluminium plate
- date created: 1974-1977
- measurements: 79.50 x 107.70 x 5.10 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 2016.
German artist Beuys believed that art was integral to everyday life. His own art was shaped by an experience early in his life. As a Luftwaffe pilot during the war, Beuys was shot down over the Crimea and was saved by nomadic Tartars. Barely alive, he was wrapped in felt and fat which preserved his body heat, and taken to safety on sledges pulled by dogs. This incident, and these particular elements, informed much of his art, which has a redemptive, mystical and ritualistic character. Central to his work were his 'Actions', which involved teaching, audience discussion and performance. The recurrent themes were social and political. Associated with the ecological movement - he was a founder member of the Green Party - he also had a strong influence on German politics.