Gerhard Richter - Abstraktes Bild - image-1
Gerhard Richter - Abstraktes Bild - image-2
Gerhard Richter - Abstraktes Bild - image-1Gerhard Richter - Abstraktes Bild - image-2

Lot 642 D

Gerhard Richter - Abstraktes Bild

Auction 1144 - overview Cologne
29.11.2019, 19:00 - Contemporary Art I
Estimate: 300.000 € - 400.000 €
Result: 297.600 € (incl. premium)

Gerhard Richter

Abstraktes Bild

Oil on Dibond. 29 x 37 cm. Signed and dated 'Richter 1997' verso on Dibond and work number. - Traces of studio and minor traces of age.

"'Abstract pictures are fictitious models because they illustrate a reality that we can neither see nor describe, but the existence of which we can infer.' Richter wouldn't be Richter if this remark could be read as a carefree promise of transcendence. It deals with the performance power of the picture which lies neither in the transmission of cheerful messages nor in the meaningful acts of painting. Illustration does not mean comprehensibility as this is immediately suspected of ideology. Unavailability is the promise that a painting should give even under the conditions of its marketability." (Beate Söntgen, Arbeit am Bild, Gerhard Richters Diskretion, in: Ulrich Wilmes (ed.), Gerhard Richter, Abstrakte Bilder, Museum Ludwig et al., Cologne 2009, p.38)

Catalogue Raisonné

Elger 841-10


Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London (label verso); private collection, Belgium


Armin Zweite, Gerhard Richter, Catalogue Raisonné 1993–2004, Dusseldorf i.a., S.279 with colour illus.
cf. Dieter Schwarz et al., Gerhard Richter, Übersicht, Cologne 2000, pp.44/45


London 1998 (Anthony d'Offay Gallery), Gerhard Richter,, p.108, p.37 with illus. and p.97 with colour illus.
Venice 1997 (La Biennale di Venezia), 47. Esposizione (label verso)