Gerhard Richter

Born: 1932

Hometown: Dresden, Germany

Lives and Works: Cologne, Germany

Website:

Education: Kunstakademie, Dresden, Germany, 1956
Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany, 1964

Gerhard Richter Bio

About The Artist

German artist Gerhard Richter creates both abstract and photo-realistic paintings. One of the first German painters to grapple with the country's National Socialist history, Richter's inspirations include black and white photographs taken during the 1960s and early 1970s, private snapshots of his family—many of whom were members of the Nazi party—images appropriated from newspapers and books, and aerial views of towns, mountains, and seascapes. His series of 48 portraits of well-known composers and writers, such as Gustav Mahler, Jean Sibelius, H.G. Wells, and Franz Kafka, was exhibited at the German Pavilion in the 1972 Venice Biennale. Richter obscured the details of each image using thick, heavy applications of paint, making the canvases seem ominous and spectral, sinister remnants of memories from an undefined past.

Other works by Richter abandon figurative references entirely, veering into complete abstraction. These works include his color chart paintings from the mid-1960s and his compositions of shrill ribbons of color and broad brushstrokes that came to define his work in the 1970s. As Lucius Grisebach has noted, "Even these supposedly wholly invented paintings retained a second-hand look, as if the brushstrokes had been copied from photographic enlargements."

Gerhard Richter Gallery Art

Galleries

Marian Goodman, New York, NY

Gerhard Richter Permanent Collections

Select Permanent Collections

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Tate Modern, London, England
Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL

DISCOVER

a treasure trove of fine art from the world's most renowned artists, galleries, museums and cultural institutions. We offer exclusive works you can't find anywhere else.

LEARN

through exclusive content featuring art news, collecting guides, and interviews with artists, dealers, collectors, curators and influencers.

BUY

authentic artworks from across the globe. Collecting with us means you're helping to sustain creative culture and supporting organizations that are making the world a better place.

CONNECT

with our art advisors for buying advice or to help you find the art that's perfect for you. We have the resources to find works that suit your needs.

INSIDER ACCESS TO THE WORLD'S BEST ART

Artspace offers you authentic, exclusive works from world-renowned artists, galleries, museums and cultural institutions. Collecting with us helps support creative culture while bringing you art news, interviews and access to global art resources.

  • COLLECT FROM 300+ GALLERIES & MUSEUMS