Gerhard Richter - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 14, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London
    Private Collection, Switzerland
    Galerie Hauser & Wirth, Zürich
    Private Collection, Switzerland

  • Literature

    Gerhard Richter Werkübersicht: Catalogue Raisonné 1962-1993. Vol. III, Ostfildern: Edition Cantz, 1993, cat. no. 753-7 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    The visceral surface of Abstraktes Bild, 753-7, emerging through layers of dragged paint in varying hues of indigo, jade and slate gray, contributes to the work’s distinct palimpsest-like quality. Depth is both insinuated and eradicated as the vibrant surface of the picture plane displays the artist’s energetic movements. However, one can be deceived by its seemingly impulsive appearance as Richter himself commented: ‘the whole thing looks very spontaneous. But in between [the layers] there are usually long intervals of time, and those destroy a mood. It is a highly planned kind of spontaneity'. (Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Gerhard Richter, Gerhard Richter: The Daily Practice of Painting. Writings and Interviews 1962-1993, Cambridge MA: MIT Press, London/UK Anthony d'Offay, 1995, p. 112)

    Thus, in Abstraktes Bild, 753-7 Richter highlights one of the central paradoxes that lies at the core of his abstract experimentation; the marriage between an Abstract Expressionistic spontaneity and a planned rhythmical structure. The resulting array of colour, texture and movement creates an arresting visual display that is so typical of the artist’s later endeavours.

  • 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 (753-7)

oil on canvas
51 x 41 cm (20 1/8 x 16 1/8 in.)
Signed, numbered and dated '753-7 Richter 1991' on the reverse.

£100,000 - 150,000 ‡♠

Sold for £194,500

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Henry Highley
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Contemporary Art Day Sale

London 15 October 2015 2pm