Red-Blue-Yellow (1972) by Gerhard Richter

Red-Blue-Yellow - Gerhard Richter - 1972

Artwork Information

TitleRed-Blue-Yellow
ArtistGerhard Richter
Date1972
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions(150 x 150 cm)
Current LocationDi Bennardo Collection

About Red-Blue-Yellow

Red-Blue-Yellow was painted in 1972 by the German artist Gerhard Richter and is considered one of his most well-known and influential works of art. The painting measures 150 cm by 150 cm, and it belongs to the genre of abstract expressionism. Red-Blue-Yellow was sold at Christies in London in March 2018 for £608,750, clearly demonstrating its importance.

Gerhard Richter has experimented with abstraction throughout his career, with Red-Blue-Yellow being an example of one his early experiments. The painting consists of checkerboard squares in varied tones of blue, red and yellow that creates a diagonally fractured composition. The style used reflects the influence of Constructivist painting styles from the 1920s Cabaret Voltaire as well as Russian Suprematist art.

Red-Blue-Yellow is an illustrious piece that shows Richter’s experimentation with abstract art during this time period. It also is an impressive example of how he planned out and executed an artwork so compellingly that its high price tag was no surprise to anyone in the art world. Moreover, together with Gerhard Richter’s work Phantom Interceptors created in 1964, it illustrates a perfect combination between technical knowhow and creative inspiration.

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