Gerhard Richter, ‘Ohne Titel (5. Mai 1986)’, Christie's

Gerhard Richter (b. 1932)

Ohne Titel (5. Mai 1986)

signed and dated '5. Mai 1986 Richter' (lower right)

oil and graphite on paper

79 3/8 x 72 3/8 in. (201.6 x 183.8 cm.)

Painted in 1986.

Signature: signed and dated '5. Mai 1986 Richter' (lower right)

New York, Marian Goodman Gallery, A Drawing Show, January-February 1986.

Amsterdam, Museum Overholland, Gerhard Richter: Works on Paper 1983-1986, February-April 1987, p. 131 (illustrated in color).


Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York

Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1998

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