The Fondation will open its doors on 22 September 2021 with The Morozov Collection. Icons of Modern Art. Reservations are open, you can now book your visit.

4900 Farben

  • 2007
  • Gerhard Richter
  • Enamel paint on Dibond - 196 plates with 25 colored squares each
  • Chaque panneau: 48.5 x 0.0 x 48.5 cm - 680.0 x 680.0 x 0.0 cm

This singular work can take multiple configurations depending on the combination of the panels. Presented here in its monumental version, the vast kaleidoscope recalls the stained-glass window the artist created for Cologne Cathedral.

© Gerhard Richter 2019 (16012019) © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage © Gerhard Richter 2019 (16012019) © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage


Gerhard Richter

Initially working in the academic tradition taught at Dresden Art Academy (in East Germany at that time), Gerhard Richter took up photography in the early 1960s, continuing on from the "capitalist realism" of his early works, reflecting upon painting and the purpose of art.

Marked by the experience of the war years, he found in this medium a critical distance from which to approach subjects in which politics and history are closely linked to the personal realm. Throughout his career, Richter has reproduced magazine and newspaper photographs as well as his own photographs of friends and family. At the same time he has developed a form of abstraction using coloured lines, gestural abstraction and monochrome. In this way, Richter revisits – not without an ironic distance – the history of painting, romantic and sublime themes, and geometric and lyrical abstraction. More than a parallelism, this coexistence between figuration and abstraction is like a mise en abyme, echoing the material depth of the “scratched” surface and of photographic elements perceived through other layers, or the mental depth in form of certain titles that refer to atmospheres, natural elements or people’s names. Rather than being reductive and conceptual, this lifetime’s research is radical in the way it hesitates between erasing and revealing.

Read more

In the same hang