Gerhard RichterAbstract Painting (726) 1990

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Artist
Gerhard Richter (born 1932)
Title
Abstract Painting (726)
Abstraktes Bild (726)
Date 1990
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionsunconfirmed: 2500 x 3500 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1992
Reference
T06600
Not on display

Summary

Abstract Painting (726) 1990 is a large-scale diptych by the German artist Gerhard Richter, comprising two joined sections of canvas and characterised by shimmering horizontal forms. As the title implies, there are no clear representational elements depicted in the painting, but within its thick layers of colour – especially prominent are white, red and a rusty orange – there is the suggestion of an original image which has become blurred. The work is also marked by several scratches, mostly vertical, that Richter has made through the paint.

Richter has explained that he alters his abstract paintings ‘much more often than the representational ones. They often turn out completely different to what I’d planned’ (Nicolas Serota and Gerhard Richter, ‘I Have Nothing to Say and I’m Saying It’, in Godfrey and Serota 2011, p.17)… (read more)

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