Phantom Interceptors (1964) by Gerhard Richter

Phantom Interceptors - Gerhard Richter - 1964

Artwork Information

TitlePhantom Interceptors
ArtistGerhard Richter
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions(140 x 190 cm)
Art MovementNew European Painting
Current LocationFroehlich Collection, Stuttgart
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About Phantom Interceptors

Gerhard Richter (German, 1932-) is one of the most celebrated painters of our time. One of his works, “Phantom Interceptors” was painted in 1964 and it measures 140×190 cm in size. According to its creator, it is a “turbulent composition made up of vigorous brushstrokes signifying motion and aggressive brushwork resulting in a surface split in many directions”. The painting’s technique and medium are oil on canvas and it was located in Stuttgart, Germany.

The values of physicality and movement were two key characteristics that define the way Gerhard Richter created this canvas art piece. The application of frenzied brushstrokes is an interesting maneuver that creates texture and energy in his work. Through these movements, the painter expresses his inner thoughts between abstraction and figuration to depict powerful cycles and transformations.

Overall, “Phantom Interceptors” -Gerhard Richter – 1964 gives us an insight into the life of Gerhard Richter during a turbulent period characterized by wars, political instability, revolutions and much more. In his later works like “Meadowland” (1985), he was able to manifest everyday life while exploring the richness of human emotions through color paint writing forms that turn chaotic into controlled repose.

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