Gerhard Richter

Self Portrait Standing, Three Times, 17.3.1991 (1991)

About this artwork

As well as painting canvases based on photographic images since 1989, Richter has also painted actual photographs to create works. In doing so, he has emphasised the surface reality of the pain interacting with the forms in the photographs. In this serial work, Richter has used six identical prints of a photograph, which consists of a triple exposure of the artist standing in his studio. On each successive print, he applied more and more paint using a squeegee and a brush, so that the final work disappears completely, as does his studio. Only paint remains – perhaps representing the artist’s notorious unwillingness to reveal himself.

  • title: Self Portrait Standing, Three Times, 17.3.1991
  • accession number: AR00182
  • artist: Gerhard RichterGerman (born 1932)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1991
  • measurements: Each: 50.50 x 56.50 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
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

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.