Gerhard Richter |1932 , Born in Dresde, Germany

Having left school at the age of sixteen, Gerhard Richter began working as an intern in the advertising world and also as a painter of stage sets, before returning to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden. Interested in the abstract paintings of Jackson Pollock and Lucio Fontana, he also learnt from the German painter Karl-Otto Götz.

In 1962, he finished his first work: an oil painting based on a press photo. He was fascinated by the discords between traditional painting techniques and mass media images, and early in his career Gerhard Richter created photo-paintings, before starting to produce expressive and vibrant abstract paintings.

While a professor of art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf, Gerhard Richter has also created sculpture and drawings. With an international reputation, he has, during 2012, been the subject of several solo shows that have travelled from London to Paris via Berlin, and has also achieved record prices for his work at auction.

“I blur things to make everything equally important and equally unimportant. I blur things so that they do not look artistic or craftsmanlike but technological, smooth and perfect. I blur things to make all the parts a closer fit. Perhaps I also blur out the excess of unimportant information”. Gerhard Richter, 1965-65

  • Grüner Strich 1982
  • Wolken (Grau) 1969
  • Abstract Painting CR 910-1 2009
  • Abstraktes Bild CR 870-3 2000
  • Evelyn (Blau) / Evelyn (Blue) 1964