Townscape Madrid (1968) by Gerhard Richter

Townscape Madrid - Gerhard Richter - 1968

Artwork Information

TitleTownscape Madrid
ArtistGerhard Richter
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions(277 x 292 cm)
Art MovementNew European Painting
Current LocationKunstmuseum, Bonn

About Townscape Madrid

The artwork titled “Townscape Madrid” is a significant piece created by the renowned artist Gerhard Richter in 1968. This oil on canvas reflects the New European Painting movement and is part of the ‘Townscapes’ series that Richter worked on between 1968 and 1970. The artwork boasts substantial dimensions, measuring 277 x 292 cm, and can be found housed in the Kunstmuseum in Bonn. It is a figurative piece that captures an urban landscape with a unique perspective.

The artwork portrays a dense arrangement of buildings that conveys the sprawling nature of a bustling city. The vantage point seems to be from an elevated position, providing a quasi-bird’s-eye view of the cityscape below. Monochromatic tones dominate the canvas, with various shades of grey and black defining the geometry and architecture of the urban environment. Richter’s technique includes blurred effects, which give the piece a sense of motion or impermanence, as if the city is a fleeting, living organism captured momentarily on canvas. The painting’s composition features a variety of structures, with their form and depth artfully represented through the masterful interplay of light and shadow. Despite its apparent realism, the work also possesses an abstract quality due to the painter’s intentional manipulation of detail and texture.

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