signed and dated 5.3.85 oil and watercolour on paper
34 by 24 cm. 13 3/8 by 9 7/16 in.
Provenance Private Collection, USA
"Almost all the abstract paintings show scenarios, surroundings or landscapes that don't exist, but they create the impression that they could exist. As though they were photographs of scenarios and regions that had never been seen."
The artist quoted in Gerhard Richter: Panorama , Tate Publishing, 2011, p.19
Arguably our greatest living painter, Gerhard Richter is remarkable for his versatility, turning his hand over the years to both vibrant abstraction and stunning realism. Perhaps most unusual is his ability to move regularly from one to the other and then back again, every so often stretching his repertoire by experimenting in sculpture and installation. For while other artists start with one style which gradually develops into another (many, such as Kandinsky and Pollock beginning in the relative safety of figurativism before entering the more liberating world of abstraction), Richter has continued to juggle many artistic balls contemporaneously, without ever being anything other than brilliant in each different field. The current lot includes his typical use of colour and texture, with the influence of abstract expressionism evident in the apparently chaotic composition. Richter himself states that he often has no idea how a work will finish when he begins layering colour on colour before aggressively working away at the resulting surface. The artist's physicality can be seen even in such small-scale works; and despite the importance of chance in such paintings, the end results are always unmistakeably Richter.