Eis Z 44 (B65), 2003
Edition of 108, 81/108
Frame: 50 7/8 x 42 ½ inches, paper: 40 x 32 inches

German artist Gerhard Richter studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden from 1951-56 and Dusseldorf from 1961-63. He lived for nearly 30 years in East Germany where he painted social realist murals. In 1961 he escaped to West Germany, and changed his style from photorealism to pop art to minimalism to pure abstraction, believing that no single method of representation can capture the complex reality. Some of his works are representational and figurative, in photo-paintings, Richter transfers to oil on canvas photographs from newspapers, magazines and family albums. He then blurs them, gaining an indistinct appearance, and suggesting on only the passing of time, but also the flaw of human perception. Richter’s abstract works explore the qualities of color. The artist deals with elements of chance using wide, fluid brushwork that appears to be free and spontaneous but in fact, precisely calculated to achieve intense spatial effects. The artist begins with a background color arranged in a variety of geometric patterns. He then layers more paint, which is brushed, dragged, smudged or squeegeed. This process of simultaneous creation and destruction, often repeated several ties, make it difficult to determine the initial relationships between colors. These works are the most spontaneous, visually complex and emotionally evocative, continuing the tradition of Modernist painting.