Weiss (899-8), 2006

by

Gerhard Richter

© Gerhard Richter - Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo

"Weiss", 2006, is a series of small white paintings. For this project, Gerhard Richter applied white oil paint in uneven layers to either paper or aluminium. 

The underlying colours are left to show through, radically distancing the painting from the monochrome issue. Depending on the material and the intensity of the oil, the paint slides over or adheres to the surface, creates ripples or a thick coating, congeals or dribbles and spreads.

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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.
In the Same Hang

Tilleul ,1978

Weiss (895-3), 2006