Gerhard Richter - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Saturday, June 28, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galleria Peroni, Rome

  • Literature

    Angelika Thill, et. Al., Gerhard Richter, Catalogue Raisonné, 1962-1993, Vol. III, Ostfildern-Ruit, 1993, no. 713-3 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Exploring the various stylistic features within the genre of painting, Richter's body of work is a continuous search for the ‘organic' within painting. Examining this both through the figurative and abstract branches of painting, his works have gained many admirers on an international level, making him one of the most prominent West German artists to date.
    "If I paint an abstract picture... I neither know in advance what it is supposed to look like nor where I intend to go when I am painting, what could be done, to what end."(Gerhard Richter, Tate Gallery Exhibition Catalogue, London, 1991, p. 116)

  • Artist Biography

    Gerhard Richter

    German • 1932

    Powerhouse painter Gerhard Richter has been a key player in defining the formal and ideological agenda for painting in contemporary art. His instantaneously recognizable canvases literally and figuratively blur the lines of representation and abstraction. Uninterested in classification, Richter skates between unorthodoxy and realism, much to the delight of institutions and the market alike. 

    Richter's color palette of potent hues is all substance and "no style," in the artist's own words. From career start in 1962, Richter developed both his photorealist and abstracted languages side-by-side, producing voraciously and evolving his artistic style in short intervals. Richter's illusory paintings find themselves on the walls of the world's most revered museums—for instance, London’s Tate Modern displays the Cage (1) – (6), 2006 paintings that were named after experimental composer John Cage and that inspired the balletic 'Rambert Event' hosted by Phillips Berkeley Square in 2016. 

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Abstraktes Bild (713-3)

Oil on canvas.
60 x 72.3 cm. (23 5/8 x 28 1/8 in).
Signed, titled and dated ‘Richter 1990 713-3' on the reverse.

£200,000 - 300,000 

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

29 June 2008, 5pm