Gerhard Richter
Gerhard Richter (German, Contemporary, b. 1932): Betty, 1977. Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm. Museum Ludwig, Cologne. Private Collection. © Gerhard Richter. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

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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Interviewer (Irmeline Lebeer):

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

Gerhard Richter:

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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