Joseph Beuys (born 1921 in Krefeld, Germany) was one of the most prominent figures of the German Fluxus movement and a paramount and provocative figure in art history. His artistic practice was incredibly vast incorporating drawing, performance, installation, painting, and sculpture, and touching on humanitarian, political, biological and geographical themes. At the center of his art practice were his gesamtkunstwerk or what came to be… Read more
About the artwork
Beuys was a prolific creator of multiples, in keeping with his belief that art was for all, and not solely a pursuit of the elite. Triptychon is a set of three 1981 lithographs that include Quacking underneath the Hut; Constellation of the Dipper; and Young Elk above the Old Miller's House. Animals were a recurring symbolic feature in the artist's oeuvre, in particular Beuys depicted images of hares, stags, bees, deer and swans. Beuys was interested in exploring the relationship between nature and civilization. He believed that all animals, but particularly the stag due to its Celtic mythological role as a spirit guide, were able to access the spiritual world.