Richter, Gerhard

Date/place of birth

1932 Dresden

Gerhard Richter - Pyramide
Gerhard Richter - Pyramide

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The works of the German artist Gerhard Richter always belong to the highlights of the Contemporary Art. Here we have listed a few of his works.

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Gerhard Richter belongs to the internationally most important and successful artists of our time. His works are among the most expensive for a living artist. He initially visited the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Dresden (1952-1957) before fleeing to West Germany in 1961 to study under K.O. Götz at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (1961-1964).

Gerhard Richter – Co-founder of Capitalist Realism

Together with his colleagues Sigmar Polke, Konrad Lueg and Manfred Kuttner, he founded “Capitalist Realism” in 1963 which postulated the break with all previous artistic expressions. Decisive influences for Richter at that time were the emergence of the Fluxus movement as well as American Pop Art where a reality-oriented artistic attitude or the enhancement of the everyday is immanent.

Numerous works by Richter in museums and collections all over the world

Richter started creating the monumental source compendium “Atlas” (Lenbachhaus, Munich) in 1962. Consisting of a collection of photographs, newspaper clippings and sketches, it serves as a basis for the development of his pictorial ideas. Since the early 1960s he has transferred many motifs from his Atlas to canvas in order to alienate the initially photorealistic pictorial impression by the blurring of the paint.

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He produced key works of contemporary art such as “Ema (Akt auf einer Treppe)” from 1966 (Museum Ludwig) or the portrait of his daughter “Betty” (1988, St. Louis Art Museum). As well as the recourse to “trivial” picture material from mass media or his personal environment, Richter was repeatedly occupied by politically explosive themes. In 1988 he made a significant contribution to the reappraisal of recent German post-war history with his RAF painting cycle “18 October 1977” (Museum of Modern Art, New York).

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Richter’s oeuvre is stamped by a pronounced stylistic versatility, pursued resolutely by the artist in all directions. His central concern remains significant: the only object of painting is painting. From the mid-1970s Richter’s tendency towards abstraction amplified and since then various work groups such as the crackled “Abstrakte Bilder” or the geometric “Farbtafeln” have emerged.

Richter designs the window in Cologne Cathedral

Since 1989, the artist has also been investigating the high-contrast combination of colour application and pictorial subject in terms of motif and structure in his “overpainted photographs”. Editions have accompanied Richter’s work since the mid-1960s and commenced with eight manually overworked screen print examples (“Hund”, 1965). Many further examples such as “Pyramide” from 1966 or “Vermalungen” from 1971 and 1972 are witness to Richter’s intensive preoccupation with the term of originality or the unique and clarify the importance of the editions for Richter’s complete development. In 2007 Gerhard Richter completed one of his largest and prestigious projects with his self-designed stained-glass window in the south transept of the Cologne Cathedral.

Appointment as professor in Düsseldorf

From 1971 to 1993 Gerhard Richter was professor for painting at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. His work has been presented in numerous national and international exhibitions including the display of his “48 Porträts” (Museum Ludwig, Cologne) in the German Pavilion at the 36th Venice Biennale. Recent large retrospectives include “Gerhard Richter. Panorama” (2011/2012, London, Tate Modern; Berlin, Neue Nationalgalerie; Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou) and “Gerhard Richter. Bilder/Serien” (2014, Riehen, Fondation Beyeler). He has been presented with many important awards including the Kaiserring der Stadt Goslar (1988) as well as the Praemium Imperiale (197) from the Japan Art Association.

The artist has been living and working in Cologne since 1983.

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Gerhard Richter Prices

Gerhard RichterPyramide€559.300
Gerhard RichterGRÜN-BLAU-ROT€421.600
Gerhard RichterAbstraktes Bild (abstract painting)€390.400
Gerhard RichterVorhang (Ölskizze)€359.600
Gerhard RichterTeyde-Landschaft, Skizze€342.200
Gerhard RichterAbstraktes Bild (abstract painting)€300.000

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