Welcome to the last blog post for this term. After yelling at my computer screen for 20 minutes I finally found an artist from this time period that I actually like. So today we will be looking at Gerard Richter’s art.

Photo of Gerhard Richter

Ritcher’s goes from one extreme to the other. He’s known for his photo-realism but also for complete abstraction. He set the record for auction price for a living artist in 2012 with one of his paintings selling for $34 million. Although, this record was surpassed in 2013.

Abstraktes Bild (809-1) first in a series of 4 paintings. Sold for $34 million in 2012

Paintings by Ritcher

Gerhard never conformed to a specific art movement but drew inspiration from many. In his more realistic work his express his fascination with painting and photography both trying to portray reality truthfully but always an incomplete view of the subject.

Torso (1997)

Torso (1997)

I feel that this painting really emulates his style and what he believes. It has the likeness of a photograph but much like a photo it only captures an incomplete view of the subject. This is amplified with the careful cropping of the figure on the canvas

Wolke (1976)

Wolke (1976)

I think this painting is very beautiful. Much like most of his other work it looks a lot like a photograph because of the subject matter, cropping and lighting yet it has a the feel of a painting with soft brushstrokes that makes it so special.

Clouds (1982)

Clouds (1982)

“Clouds” is a great example of how Gerhard effortlessly switches from realist and abstract styles in his work. Ritcher says that trying to find meaning in a piece can often be futile and that sometimes it’s important to just enjoy the work for its beauty. I really like this sentiment because I think often times people try so hard to find deep meaning in art when often times there is none, the art just simply is.

sources: https://www.theartstory.org/artist-richter-gerhard.htm

https://www.gerhard-richter.com

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerhard_Richter