Personal life[ edit ] Childhood and education[ edit ] Richter was born in Hospital Dresden-Neustadt in  DresdenSaxonyand grew up in Reichenau, Lower Silesia now BogatyniaPolandand in Waltersdorf Zittauer Gebirgein the Upper Lusatian countryside, where his father worked as a village teacher. Ernst moved the family to Dresden after taking up the family enterprise of brewing and eventually went bankrupt. Once in Dresden, Hildegard trained as a bookseller, and in doing so realized a passion for literature and music.
She encouraged him to pursue artistic activities. His family relocated from Dresden to smaller German towns in an attempt to avoid bombings. As an adult, Richter has been married three times. He has three children. Career During the s, Richter studied at the Kunstakademie in his native Dresden.
In the early s, he fled to West Germany. In Dusseldorf, he studied with artists such as Karl Otto Gotz. It was during this time that Richter first became aware of the Pop Art movement. InRichter had his first solo exhibition at the Mobelhaus Berges.
During this period, Richter was developing a style of painting that borrowed heavily from photographs. President Johnson Consoling Mrs.
Richter often combined photorealism with unsettling touches. Richter was starting to make a name for himself with his unique brand of art. Richter has used art as a way to acknowledge and process the atrocities of World War II.
This would become one of his most well-known works. Richter then entered a phase of focusing mainly on nude subjects while also experimenting with landscapes and geometric compositions. Richter focused primarily on abstract work, including color grids, in the s.
Richter also gave free reign to his artistic expression, working with monochromatic palettes and sculptural planes of glass.
Over the years, Richter has remained active as an artist. He has embraced elements of many different movements but has always managed to remain in his own unique and creative space.
Fun Facts Richter felt like an outcast when his family moved to the small town of Waltersdorf, leading him to express himself through art. While studying in Dusseldorf, Richter experimented prolifically, but he destroyed many of his early works. Richter did not reach the height of his reputation and fame as an artist until the s.In celebration of Richter, read on to learn more about his life and work.
Gerhard Richter photographed by Lothar Wolleh, circa (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Early Life and Training. Gerhard Richter was born February 9, in Dresden, Germany, at the height of the Third Reich.
Gerhard Richter: Brisbane show honours German master's irony and influence German-born Gerhard Richter is one such artist. Since the early s he .
Departing from his earlier critique, however, in Richter specifically underlined the ‘un-artistic’ character of his new paintings, recognising the artistic quality of Lichtenstein and Warhol’s work (Gerhard Richter and Irmeline Lebeer, 'Gerhard Richer ou La réalité de l’image' in .
Richter officially began painting in Here we give you access to his various works, ranging from oils on canvas to overpainted photographs, and including the historical reference of photographs, Atlas. It has the capacity that no other colour has, to make 'nothing' visible” (Gerhard Richter quoted in: Dietmar Elger and Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Eds., Gerhard Richter, TEXT: Writings, Interviews and Letters: , London , p.
92). Richter has produced abstract as well as photorealistic paintings, and also photographs and glass pieces. His art follows the examples of Picasso and Jean Arp in undermining the concept of the artist's obligation to maintain a single cohesive srmvision.com October , Richter's Abstraktes Bild set an auction record price for a painting by a living artist at $34 million (£21 million).