Created in 1961, the year that Gerhard Richter fled from Eastern Germany and moved to Düsseldorf, 'Emas Bluse' marks a significant turning point in the artist's career. While in the East, Richter painted in the official Socialist Realist style of the former German Democratic Republic. After coming to the West, he was confronted with the new Avantgarde of Abstract Expressionism, which he had first encounted in 1959 at the 'documenta 2' exhibition in Kassel. With 'Emas Bluse', Richter experimented with his own unique interpretation of these artistic movements, using a wife's blouse as the support and motif of the painting. Soon after, Richter would turn to his signature style of photo-based painting. In both cases, images and motifs from everyday life would take centre stage in his art, culminating in a new style that he, together with Sigmar Polke and Konrad Lueg, would call 'Capitalist Realism' - a critical and ironic combination of Western Pop Art and Eastern Socialist Realism.