Gerhard Richter is known for a prolific and stylistically varied exploration of the medium of painting, often incorporating and exploring the visual effects of photography. 鈥淚 like everything that has no style: dictionaries, photographs, nature, myself and my paintings,鈥 he says. 鈥淏ecause style is violent, and I am not violent.鈥 In the early 1960s, Gerhard Richter began to create large-scale photorealist copies of black-and-white photographs rendered in a range of grays, and innovated a blurred effect (sometimes deemed 鈥減hotographic impressionism鈥) in which portions of his compositions appear smeared or softened鈥攑aradoxically reproducing photographic effects and revealing his painterly hand. With heavily textured abstract gray monochromes, Richter introduced abstraction into his practice, and he has continued to move freely between figuration and abstraction, producing geometric 鈥淐olour Charts鈥, bold, gestural abstractions, and 鈥淧hoto Paintings鈥 of anything from nudes, flowers, and cars to landscapes, architecture, and scenes from Nazi history. Gerhard Richter absorbed a range of influences, from Caspar David Friedrich and Roy Lichtenstein to Art Informel and Fluxus.

German, b. 1932, Dresden, Germany, based in Cologne, Germany.

Gerhard Richter Prints

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