• First Open | Post-War and Cont auction at Christies

    Sale 12724

    First Open | Post-War and Contemporary Art | London

    29 September 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 30

    Gerhard Richter (B. 1932)

    Schwarz, Rot, Gold II (Black, Red, Gold II)

    Price Realised  

    Gerhard Richter (B. 1932)
    Schwarz, Rot, Gold II (Black, Red, Gold II)
    signed, numbered and dated 'Richter 1998 4.3.1 Probe R.98' (on the reverse)
    synthetic resin paint, behind glass with hard fiberboard mount
    8 ¼ x 11 ¾in. (21.1 x 29.8cm.)
    Executed in 1998, this work is a proof from an edition of sixty four unique works

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    Schwarz, Rot, Gold II (1998) is a painting on glass by Gerhard Richter, from an edition made in conjunction with a large painting of the same title commissioned for the Reichstag building in Berlin. He created the series using sixty-four possible permutations of the German flag’s colours: four shades of black, four shades of red, and four shades of gold. Each is marked on the back with a three-digit number, which indicates which of the four shades of each colour it contains. Each one of the sixty-four works thus has its own unique colouring; the present lot is designated 4.3.1, meaning that it is composed in the fourth shade of black, the third shade of red, and the first shade of gold. Richter’s typically subtle intervention makes the flag a beautiful, mutable object that remains instantly recognisable through its varied tonal incarnations, suggesting a nuanced vision of national identity.

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    Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.


    Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner.

    Pre-Lot Text



    H. Butin, S. Gronert and T. Olbricht (eds.), Gerhard Richter. Editions 1965-2014, Ostfildern-Ruit 2014, no. 108 (another from the edition illustrated, p. 279).