"I pursue no intentions, no system, no direction, I have no program, no style, no concern." With these words the probably best known, most successful and versatile contemporary artist describes himself - Gerhard Richter.
This apparent aimlessness is also reflected in the abstract object offered by us, which on the 7.5.82 is dated. Thus, our work comes from the most important creative period of Richter - the 1980s - which is still groundbreaking for his abstract painting. In the 1960s, Gerhard Richter achieved worldwide fame with his blurred, photorealistic paintings. Since the 1970s, abstract works are increasingly found in his multifaceted oeuvre.
His switch to abstraction is explained by Richter in a conversation with Nicolas Serota, in the context of the exhibition "Gerhard Richter - Panorama" at the Tate Gallery in London in 2011. Serota asked why Richter , despite his enormous success as a representational painter, turned to abstraction. The artist replied, "Maybe because I'm an insecure guy, a bit erratic. The abstract has always fascinated me. it has so a lot of mystery, so how new territory" (Gerhard Richter, in: Panorama, 2012, p. 21).
for for him, abstract painting not is only a constant challenge, but a form in which many things can be expressed simultaneously, "my present, my reality, my problems, my difficulties and contradictions" (Dorothea Dietrich and Gerhard Richter, in: Gerhard Richter: An Interview, Print Collector's Newsletter, 16, 1985, p. 128).
Colors, Forms, Questions: Gerhard Richter's Continuous Search after the Essence of Painting
One element that which repeatedly connects Gerhard Richter's multi-layered oeuvre, and how a common thread running through his work, is the supposedly simple and yet so complex question "What is painting?". With each object the artist questions the nature of painting again and again and analyzes his own medium continuously. Especially in his abstract works, which are among the most sought-after works on the international auction market, he leaves the result largely to chance through the use of tools, how spatula, palette knife or squeegee.
His abstract works just not the personal handwriting of Richter in focus, but the coincidence, the superimposition of colors and especially the intrinsic effect of the material. Completed are these abstract works "[.] if I can do nothing more to it, if it surpasses me, so has something where I not more so completely come along."(Gerhard Richter, in: Peter Sager, Mit der Farbe denken: G. R., Zeitmagazin, 49, 1986) .
on the object offered here Gerhard Richter on small format, different layers of paint on top of each other on carries the light cardboard on. The superimposition of yellow, red, gray and white layers of paint creates an illusionistic pictorial space with an intense effect. on just 11.3 cm x 16 cm Gerhard Richter creates a two-dimensional object , which captivates with its colorfulness and at the same time suggests an exciting spatiality.
This play of iridescent colors, between flatness and three-dimensionality makes the artwork a unique color space modulation and offers a real visual pleasure for the viewer. Gerhard Richter succeeds it also here to create a new form of abstract painting, which allows an independent visual experience and the boundaries of the medium of painting explored anew.
Gerhard Richter - Auction on 02. December 2023
We are therefore particularly pleased in our Auction for Modern Art on 02. December, this exceptional object by Gerhard Richter auction to be allowed. His object is called at a limit price of € 28,000, we assume a significant increase!