Gerhard Richter: Landscapes

Gerhard Richter Landscapes No genre has fascinated Gerhard Richter so consistently throughout his career as that of landscape Ever since his softly overpainted Views of Corsica series of the artist has revisited and re

  • Title: Gerhard Richter: Landscapes
  • Author: Gerhard Richter Dietmar Elger Hubertus Butin
  • ISBN: 9783775726399
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Hardcover
  • No genre has fascinated Gerhard Richter so consistently throughout his career as that of landscape Ever since his softly overpainted Views of Corsica series of 1968 69, the artist has revisited and reprised its possibilities, creating black and white townscapes based on newspaper picture and amateur photographs, mountain and park scenes with heavy impasto, illusionistic sNo genre has fascinated Gerhard Richter so consistently throughout his career as that of landscape Ever since his softly overpainted Views of Corsica series of 1968 69, the artist has revisited and reprised its possibilities, creating black and white townscapes based on newspaper picture and amateur photographs, mountain and park scenes with heavy impasto, illusionistic seascapes in subtly gradated tones and paintings worked with abstract overpainting Frequently these paintings interrupt or quietly sabotage the transcendent horizon of the Romantic landscape, but the image presented is not exactly ironized as in other paintings of Richter s I felt like painting something beautiful was the artist s response, when asked about the preponderance of landscapes in his works around 1970 Fifteen years later, he further elaborated that my landscapes are not only beautiful or nostalgic, with a Romantic or classical suggestion of lost Paradises, but above all untruthful by untruthful I mean the glorifying way we look at Nature Nature, which in all its forms is against us, because it knows no meaning, no pity, no sympathy Richter s approaches to landscape are various indeed, yet uniquely and recognizably his The first edition of Gerhard Richter Landscapes was published in 1998 it quickly sold out, was reprinted in 2002 and rapidly went out of print again This new edition is the first to expand on the 1998, and brings us up to date with Richter s enduring fondness for this subject.Gerhard Richter was born in Dresden in 1932, and rose to prominence in the early 1960s as a member of the Capitalist Realism movement alongside Sigmar Polke and others His first solo show was in 1964 at Galerie Schmela in Dusseldorf Today he is ranked among the world s greatest painters.

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    1. The Enigmatic Gerhard RichterGerhard Richter (born 1932) can best be described as 'visual artist'. It would be misleading to label him a painter as his output has not only included photography but also utilizes photography in an unusual manner. He defies classification except to be labeled as and Artist of the highest magnitude. His works include both abstraction and realism and the viewer is at times challenged to recognize the mode of expression or even the hand of the artist of creation! For [...]

    2. In these paintings I am looking into a series of transitions: between photograph and painting, between the edges of where the eye can reach, of color as an energized substance versus shade as a pallid one, between air and earth, symbol and referent, certainty and uncertainty. This painter "got" that place in a warm and encompassing way. It is a weird space, like a dangerous cul-de-sac, a back alley, a cold cave. It has something to do with "the blurring." It is the essence of a transition. Think [...]

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