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                                    Gerhard Richter
             

                                        
                

     Gerhard Richter (1932 -       ), German painter, who worked in many different styles. His paintings range from colorful abstract works to highly realistic depictions in tones of gray. He was born in Dresden, and later trained at the Hochschule für Bildende Kunste there. During the 1950s Richter held various jobs, which included working as a technician in a photographic laboratory and painting stage sets. In 1961 he decided to flee East Germany for the West, settling in Düsseldorf, where he worked as a full-time painter from 1963. He became a professor at the Kunstakademie (Academy of Art) in Düsseldorf in 1971 and has exhibited extensively in Europe and North America.

     Richter’s early work was influenced by the expressive abstraction of art informel (French for “informal art”), a French postwar movement. Then, in 1962, after seeing the work of American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, he began to produce photo-paintings. These were paintings whose images were derived from photographs, some of them taken from newspapers and showing highly provocative subjects, which he valued for their freedom from conventional artistic qualities such as composition and style. In the late 1960s Richter began to produce paintings of mundane domestic objects, which he also represented in an impersonal, illusionistic style. 

    Richter’s desire to eliminate subjective qualities from his work was most clearly expressed by his so-called color-charts, which consisted of randomly selected patches of color, arranged in orderly rows. Despite the quasi-scientific quality of the color-charts, from the late 1960s Richter also returned to a highly personal form of abstract art. His monochrome “gray pictures” were in part a reflection of his feelings at the time of the Vietnam War (1959-1975). 

    The expressive use of paint in these works was later combined with a much brighter palette in such works as Vase (1984, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts). Although photography played no direct part in this work, some of his abstract compositions are derived from large photographic images of his own smaller sketches, again combining the subjective qualities of his painting with the more mechanical process of photography.

     Richter returned to photography in 1989 when he began painting on photographs, altering square snapshots of landscapes and cityscapes with oil paint applied with a palette knife. In 1999 and 2000 he produced a series of 100 “overpainted” photographs of Florence, Italy, which he later published in book form. The first large-scale exhibition of Richter’s work in the United States was organized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 2002 and toured museums in several U.S. cities. Richter’s achievement has been to combine his technical ability as a painter with an intellectual rigor that has placed him among the most sophisticated and innovative artists of the postwar period.

Source: Cited from Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia with revisions. 


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