Abstraktes Bild (Grau) [Abstract Painting (Grey)] (2002)
About this artwork
When, in the early 1980s, Richter began to develop an abstract way of painting that avoided overt expression and subjectivity, he chose to paint exclusively in grey. Grey was neutral, grey was neither positive nor negative, grey was perhaps even dull. At various times since then, Richter has returned to using grey when he was attempting something new and did not want the added complications of colour. In the early 2000s, he began to explore ways of looking behind appearances by using scientific principles and discoveries. This painting is part of that group of works.
- title: Abstraktes Bild (Grau) [Abstract Painting (Grey)]
- accession number: AR00030
- artist: Gerhard RichterGerman (born 1932)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Painting
- materials: Oil paint on aluminium
- date created: 2002
- measurements: overall: 2204 mm x 1544 mm x 55 mm
- 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
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.