Abstract Painting, 726
Gerhard Richter
Abstract Painting, 726
Gerhard Richter (German, Contemporary, b. 1932): Abstraktes Bild, 726 (Abstract Painting, 726), 1990. Oil on canvas, unconfirmed: 250 x 350 cm. Tate Modern, London, UK. © Gerhard Richter. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

Since 1976 Richter has concentrated on abstraction, developing a series of systematic approaches to making paintings ... Richter has stated that abstract paintings ‘visualise a reality which we can neither see nor describe but which we may nevertheless conclude to exist’." (tate.org.uk)

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Is speaking of the relationship between painting and reality a false problem in your eyes? Do you feel that painting has its own reality?

Experience has proved that there is no difference between a so-called realist painting – of a landscape, for example – and an abstract painting. They both have more or less the same effect on the observer. (SOURCE-Interview with Irmeline Lebeer, 1973)"

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Richter has simultaneously produced abstract and photorealistic painted works, as well as photographs and glass pieces, thus following the examples of Picasso and Jean Arp in undermining the concept of the artist’s obligation to maintain a single cohesive style ...

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