Gerhard Richter - 03.03.1989
Oil on paper. 21 x 29.5 cm. Framed under glass. Signed, dated and titled '3.3.89 Richter' on card support. - Traces of studio.
This work is a wonderful example of the convergence between Richter's exploration of the grey as mirror, base colour and field, in which to lose oneself. The grey is skilfully placed as the starting point of this work. The viewer realizes the masterful application of the dark shading at the top and accents of lighter shades - almost white - towards the lower half. Almost as if to give us just the glimpse of this monochromatic shading behind a veil of yellow and orange. In contrast to the calm brush strokes that characterise the dark colour application, the bright fiery colours seem to float above the painterly plabe. Richter's exuberant style, with the thicker layer almost negating the hand of the artist, creates the exuberance he has become famous for. Connotations of light and darkness, possibly fire (we know that his early works were burnt) or even the analogy to silver and gold become a focal point for the viewer. It was included in a show at Galerie Michael Schultz in 2014 titled 'Abstract Illusion'.
Gerhard Richter online catalogue raisonné, oil on paper, 3.3.89
David Nolan Gallery, New York; Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, 16.11.2012, lot 181; private collection, Bavaria
Berlin 2014 (Galerie Michael Schultz), Abstract Illusion
New York 2013 (Barbara Mathes Gallery), Master Drawings New York