- Gerhard Richter born 1932
- Original title
- Spiegel, Grau (735-2)
- Pigment on glass
- Support: 2800 x 1648 x 45 mm
- ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland
- ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Although Richter is, in many respects, a very traditional painter, and revels in all the things paint can do – render images of reality, create luscious concoctions of colour – he also has a strong cerebral, radical element to his make-up. Although still concerned with looking and looking through a rectangular, window-like frame – much as his figurative or abstract paintings – Richter’s panes of glass and mirrors, that he has continued to make from 1967 to today, have affinities with Conceptual Art, and even with Marcel Duchamp’s Dada works. This mirror, coloured grey by the pigment attached to the back of the glass, resembles Richter’s earlier ‘black and white’, photographic paintings, since the reality one sees reflected in its surface is grey, but also his monochrome grey canvases of the early 1970s.