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Gerhard Richter (b. 1932)
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Gerhard Richter (b. 1932)

Abstraktes Bild

Gerhard Richter (b. 1932)
Abstraktes Bild
signed, numbered and dated 'Richter 1986 611-3' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
79 x 63in. (200.7 x 160cm.)
Painted in 1986
Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich.
Cecile and Walter Bareiss Collection, Munich.
Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich.
Thomas Olbricht Collection, Essen.
Anon. sale, Christie's New York, 13 November 2002, lot 67.
James Cohan Gallery, New York.
B. Buchloh (ed.), Gerhard Richter, Werkübersicht/Catalogue Raisonné 1962-1993, Osterfilden-Ruit, 1993, vol. III, no. 611-3, p. 180.
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Lot Essay

This work will be included in the forthcoming Gerhard Richter catalogue raisonné, edited by the Gerhard Richter Archiv Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

'A picture like this is painted in different layers, separated by intervals of time. The first layer mostly represents the background, which has a photographic, illusionistic look to it, though done without using a photograph. This first, smooth, soft-edged paint surface is like a finished picture; but after a while I decide that I understand it or have seen enough of it, and in the next stage of painting I partly destroy it, partly add to it; and so it goes on at intervals, till there is nothing more to do and the picture is finished. By then it is a Something which I understand in the same way it confronts me, as both incomprehensible and self-sufficient. An attempt to jump over my own shadow...
'At that stage the whole thing looks very spontaneous. But in between there are usually long intervals of time, and those destroy a mood. It is a highly planned kind of spontaneity'
(Richter, 1984, quoted in H.-U. Obrist (ed.), Gerhard Richter: The Daily Practice of Painting. Writings and Interviews 1962-1993, London, 1995, p. 112).

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