Gerhard Richter DE, b. 1932

Biography

Gerhard Richter is known for a prolific and stylistically varied exploration of the medium of painting, often incorporating and exploring the visual effects of photography. "Picturing things, taking a view, is what makes us human; art is making sense and giving shape to that sense". He also says, "art is the highest form of hope."

 

In the early 1960s, Richter began to create large-scale photorealist copies of black-and-white photographs rendered in a range of grays, and innovated a blurred effect (sometimes deemed "photographic impressionism") in which portions of his compositions appear smeared or softened-paradoxically reproducing photographic effects and revealing his painterly hand. With heavily textured abstract gray monochromes, Richter introduced abstraction into his practice, and he has continued to move freely between figuration and abstraction, producing geometric "Colour Charts", bold, gestural abstractions, and "Photo Paintings" of anything from nudes, flowers, and cars to landscapes, architecture, and scenes from Nazi history. Richter absorbed a range of influences, from Caspar David Friedrich and Roy Lichtenstein to Art Informel and Fluxus.

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