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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Mallorca

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘Observe the decay of bread' is the literal translation for the title of this painting by widely known figurative and expressive German artist Daniel Richter. Formerly a graphic designer of punk rock album covers, Richter's crowded and highly charged canvas includes abstract and colorful references to pop culture, mass media, and art history which through their execution and context create an unconventional narrative scene which can be both terrifying and beautiful. His work is often read with political motive and working in the genre of epic historical painting. Images are fraught with a painterly anxiety infused with an apocalyptic energy, reflective of media induced paranoia. Beneath his highly seductive surfaces lies the portent of instability, violence, alienation and ideological subversion of a contemporary world in a constant flux. Taking his subjects from pictures found in newspapers, comics, album and book covers, Richter repositions contemporary media imagery in the form of theatrical tableaux that are fantastical and timeless.

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Beobachte den Zerfall der Brote

1999
Oil and mixed media on canvas.
190 x 156 cm. (74 6/8 x 61 3/8 in).

Estimate
£80,000 - 120,000 

Contemporary Art Day Sale

30 June 2008, 10am & 2pm
London