Himalaya (1968) by Gerhard Richter

Himalaya - Gerhard Richter - 1968

Artwork Information

ArtistGerhard Richter
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions(200 x 160 cm)
Art MovementNew European Painting
Current LocationPrivate collection

About Himalaya

The artwork entitled “Himalaya” was created by the artist Gerhard Richter in 1968. This piece is an oil on canvas that belongs to the New European Painting movement, characterized by its figurative genre. The artwork measures 200 by 160 centimeters and is currently held in a private collection.

The artwork in question presents a monochromatic depiction of the formidable Himalayan mountain range. Richter’s brushwork is apparent in his nuanced treatment of light and shadow, which provides both a sense of rugged texture and a three-dimensional effect. The contrast between the snow-capped peaks and the craggy depths of the mountain’s crevasses captures the overwhelming grandeur and sheer scale of the Himalayas. While the composition leans towards realism, the use of grayscale and the artist’s signature style imparts a certain abstraction, inviting viewers to contemplate not only the scene but the medium and technique as well. The work, thus, straddles the line between representation and the exploration of painterly expression.

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