Gerhard Richter, ‘B1 from Swiss Alps II (Schweizer Alpen II)’, 1969, Lougher Contemporary

Gerhard Richter is a contemporary German artist considered among the most influential from the latter half of the 20th century. After World War II, living under Soviet rule, Richter fled to West Germany, where he studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf alongside Sigmar Polke. During this time the artist began producing blurred photo-paintings, exploring the nature of an image's aesthetics in relation to its content. Over the following decades, Richter introduced abstraction to his repertoire, analyzing painterly expression through a technique of squeegeeing large swathes of paint over canvases. In the late 1960's, the artist produced his Alpine series, including a series of prints

This is a rare example of the artist's Alpine prints, dating back to 1969. It is sold unframed and with the exception of some foxing and minor staining (most notable on the reverse) the print is in excellent condition considering its age.

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Signature: Signed (recto) | Stamped and numbered (verso)

About Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter is known for a prolific and stylistically varied exploration of the medium of painting, often incorporating and exploring the visual effects of photography. “I like everything that has no style: dictionaries, photographs, nature, myself and my paintings,” he says. “Because style is violent, and I am not violent.” In the early 1960s, Richter began to create large-scale photorealist copies of black-and-white photographs rendered in a range of grays, and innovated a blurred effect (sometimes deemed “photographic impressionism”) in which portions of his compositions appear smeared or softened—paradoxically reproducing photographic effects and revealing his painterly hand. With heavily textured abstract gray monochromes, Richter introduced abstraction into his practice, and he has continued to move freely between figuration and abstraction, producing geometric “Colour Charts”, bold, gestural abstractions, and “Photo Paintings” of anything from nudes, flowers, and cars to landscapes, architecture, and scenes from Nazi history. Richter absorbed a range of influences, from Caspar David Friedrich and Roy Lichtenstein to Art Informel and Fluxus.

German, b. 1932, Dresden, Germany, based in Cologne, Germany