Gerhard Richter

Abstraktes Bild (809-3) [Abstract Painting (809-3)] (1994)

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Richter's lusciously coloured, abstract paintings appear to be in the tradition of both American Abstract Expressionism and German expressionist painting. However, the artist undermines the heroic and emotive tendencies of these styles by painting in a detached and mechanical manner. Richter's abstract paintings relate to a series of works in which he paints images from photographs but blurs them slightly to remove the focus from their composition and subject matter. This painting has been created by dragging a board over the canvas to smear the paint and reveal the layers underneath. In other words, he 'blurs' what he himself has painted.

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  • title: Abstraktes Bild (809-3) [Abstract Painting (809-3)]
  • accession number: AR00027
  • artist: Gerhard RichterGerman (born 1932)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Abstract
  • date created: 1994
  • measurements: 230.00 x 204.80 x 7.50 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: © Gerhard Richter
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve
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Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter

Richter was born in Dresden, where he studied from 1952 to 1957. In 1961 he settled in Düsseldorf, where he studied under Joseph Beuys. In 1963 he began using images from press photographs and amateur snapshots in his paintings, deliberately blurring them in order to undermine and challenge the boundaries of painting and photography. In the early 1970s Richter explored theoretical ideas about colour in a series of colour charts. In a similar systematic way he made a large number of grey paintings in which he experimented with texture and brushstrokes. Since the late 1970s Richter has painted an ongoing series of colourful abstractions and alternated these with painstakingly accurate renderings in paint of photographs of landscapes, people and still lifes.