Grau (334-3), 1973


Gerhard Richter

© Gerhard Richter - Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo

Grey is one of the colours that is most frequently explored by Gerhard Richter.


Firstly in his paintings inspired by black and white photographs, then, from 1966, in his grid-like compositions in which he juxtaposes different hues. In 1973 Richter began to use textural effects to subtly alter large monochrome canvases in which grey, the sum of all colours, is a "neutral" expression, without intent or plan, which the artist used as a distancing effect at the time.

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Gerhard Richter

Born in 1932, in Dresden (Germany)
Lives and works in Cologne (Germany)

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.
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Grau (898-16) ,2006

4900 Farben, 2007