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Gerhard Richter (b. 1932)
Abstraktes Bild
signed, numbered and dated '677-2 Richter 1988' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
40 x 44 in. (101.6 x 111.8 cm.)
Painted in 1988.
Sperone Westwater, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1989
Gerhard Richter, Werkübersicht/Catalogue Raisonné 1962-1993, Osterfildern-Ruit, 1993, vol. III, p. 185, no. 677-2 (illustrated in color).

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Interview with Gerhard Richter by Jonas Storsve, 1991:

Jonas Storsve: How did you come to do the Abstract Pictures? I mean the pictures painted without photographic materials.
Gerhard Richter: I've been doing the Abstract Pictures, properly so called, only since 1976, when I quite deliberately accepted the random, willful element and painted those fairly colourful, heterogenous pictures. Perhaps I was harking back to my youthful beginnings. At all of events, this kind of painting still fascinates me today; it feels like a force of Nature.
JS: Are these paintings still random and willful?
GR: Not directly, anymore. I'm more concerned now to have them evolve of their own accord. I don't work at random but in a more planned way, in the sense that I let a thing happen by chance, then correct it, and so on. The actual work consists in taking what appears, looking at it and then deciding whether it's acceptable or not. Perhaps this way of working has something in common with the Readymade: the artist lets someone else -it doesn't matter who- do the work of making the objects, and the real work lies in observing the thing and deciding whether it's any good."

(G. Richter, The Daily Practice of Painting, Writings 1962-1993, London, 1993, pp. 229-230).

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