Meadowland (1985) by Gerhard Richter

Meadowland - Gerhard Richter - 1985

Artwork Information

TitleMeadowland
ArtistGerhard Richter
Date1985
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions(90.5 x 94.9 cm)
Art MovementNew European Painting
Current LocationThe Museum of Modern Art, New York

About Meadowland

“Meadowland” by Gerhard Richter, painted in 1985, is an oil on canvas that falls within the New European Painting movement. This movement often embodies a diverse range of contemporary styles and Richter’s work frequently bridges the gap between photorealism and abstraction. The painting’s size is 90.5 cm by 94.9 cm, and it is part of the collection at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The painting portrays a serene landscape scene with a focus on a meadow. It features a softly blurred representation of nature, a technique Richter is known for, where the details are not sharply defined, giving the impression of a photograph out of focus. In the foreground, a large, dense hedge or shrub dominates the left side, while smaller trees and a fence line recede into the middle distance, leading the eye towards a hazy, indistinct background that hints at more distant fields and structures.

Richter’s “Meadowland” is characterized by its lush greens and muted earth tones, capturing the tranquility and beauty of the countryside. The use of blurring not only challenges the boundaries between different art movements but also evokes a sense of movement and temporality, as if capturing a fleeting moment in nature.

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