Gerhard Richter
Abstract Painting No. 439 1978

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Gerhard Richter born 1932
Abstract Painting No. 439
Abstraktes Bild Nr. 439
Date 1978
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2000 x 3000 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1979
On loan to Turner Contemporary (Margate, UK)

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For many years Richter used photographs as a source for his figurative works. In the mid-1970s he began to incorporate photography into the process of making abstract paintings. This work was made by photographing one of his smaller compositions (Oil Sketch No. 432/11), which he then projected onto a large canvas, and then traced in charcoal. He completed the larger painting with conventional brushes and oil paint, working the surface into a smooth state of finish which suggests the glossy surface of a photograph.

April 2007

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