Untitled (1987) by Gerhard Richter

Untitled - Gerhard Richter - 1987

Artwork Information

ArtistGerhard Richter
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions300 x 300 cm (118 1/4 x 118 1/4 in.)
Art MovementAbstract Expressionism
Current LocationPrivate collection, Cologne

About Untitled

The artwork titled “Untitled” is a creation by artist Gerhard Richter and dates back to the year 1987. It is an oil on canvas painting that falls within the realm of Abstract Expressionism, a movement renowned for its focus on spontaneous, automatic, or subconscious creation. The artwork measures 300 by 300 centimeters (118 1/4 x 118 1/4 inches) and is currently held in a private collection in Cologne. As an abstract genre piece, it does not depict a particular scene or object but instead relies on form, color, and line to create its effect.

Upon observing the artwork, one is immediately struck by the vibrant chaos of colors and the dynamic movement conveyed through the vigorous and tactile application of paint. The composition is laden with layers of paint that appear to have been scraped, streaked, and smeared across the canvas, suggesting a level of physicality in the artwork’s creation. A vivid array of reds and yellows dominate, with splashes of blue adding contrast and depth. The surface texture is intense, almost palpable, and the colors intertwine in a manner that seems to suggest both conflict and harmony. There’s an energy present in the work, as the abstract forms and intense hues engage in what could be seen as a visual symphony, drawing the viewer into a dialogue with the artist’s expression of emotion and the act of painting itself.

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