GERHARD RICHTER "FENCE", 2015
Gerhard Richter (b.1932) is one of the most successful living artists of all time, and currently the highest-paid living artist. Born in Germany, and producing most of his work there, Richter has broken formal, expressive, and conceptual boundaries across a variety of mediums to produce a monumental oeuvre.
Early in his career, Richter developed "blur" painting (aka "photographic impressionism"), which quickly became one of his best-known styles of painting. In a multi-step process, Richter starts with a found or taken photo, traces its outline, chooses colors true to the original palette, and paints to mirror the image. He achieves his trademark blur through the light-use of a soft brush or a stronger pull using a squeegee brush. The effect can be haunting, dreamlike, and conceptually innovative.
This print is based on Richter's 2008 oil painting "Fence", where he captured the fence across the street from his studio. A uniquely personal and potent motif, Richter painted the fence in his signature blur painting style.
As Richter works in both figuration and abstraction, works such as "Fence" which depicts something actual but functions more as an expression of color and form.
In 2012 Richter set a record auction price for a painting by a living artist at $34 million. Since then, he has broken his own record twice, most recently in 2015 at a Sotheby's auction commanding $44.5 million for a work.
Richter is also the subject of a full-length documentary, Gerhard Richter Painting, which follows him as he produces his series of large abstract paintings using squeegees (a nod to the tool sometimes used in his "blur" paintings).
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Diasec mounted giclée print on aluminum
Numbered in pen on verso along with authentication label and inkstamp
From an edition of 500
14"H 10.5"W (work)
Published by Heni Productions, London
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