Grau (898-16), 2006
  • © Gerhard Richter - Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo

"Grau" (2006) is a series of paintings in which grey is spread unevenly on paper or aluminium.

A supposedly expressionless colour, grey has been featured frequently in Gerhard Richter’s work since the mid-1960s. The works cannot be considered monochrome, however, as the colours of the underlying layer show through the grey. Depending on the material and the intensity of the oil, the paint either slides over or adheres to the surface, creates ripples or a thick coating, congeals or dribbles and spreads.