Andreas Gursky, ‘Engadin II ’, Christie's

Signature: signed 'Andreas Gursky' (on a paper label affixed to the reverse)

Munich, Haus der Kunst; Istanbul Modern; Sharjah Art Museum; Moscow, Ekaterina Foundation and Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria, Andreas Gursky, February 2007-December 2008, pp. 107 and 143 (another example exhibited and illustrated).

Kunstmuseum Basel, Andreas Gursky, October 2007-February 2008, pp. 102 and 121 (another example exhibited and illustrated).

Kunstmuseum Krefeld; Haus Lange und Haus Esters; Stockholm, Moderna Museet and Vancouver Art Gallery, Andreas Gursky: Werke Works 80-08, October 2008-September 2009, pp. 214 and 254 (another example exhibited and illustrated).

Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Andreas Gursky

In his resplendent large-scale photographs, Andreas Gursky captures the modern world, and its landscapes, people, architecture, and industries, in seductive detail. Shot from an elevated perspective and produced on an epic scale, Gursky’s images show the individual or granular—supermarket products, soccer players, windows on a building, or islands in the sea—subsumed by the masses or the environment. Drawing influence from his schooling under Bernd and Hilla Becher, Gursky rigorously composes his expansive views to envelop viewers with dizzying scale, detail, and color—effects he often heightens through digital manipulation. “In the end I decided to digitalize the pictures and leave out elements that bothered me,” he said of his “Rhine” photographs (1999), one of which set the record in late 2011 for the highest price ever paid for a photograph at auction. Gursky bears a close comparison to other members of the Dusseldorf School, particularly Thomas Struth, Axel Hütte, and Candida Höfer.

German, b. 1955, Leipzig, Germany, based in Düsseldorf, Germany