Details

Title

(799-1) Lesende (The Reader)

Artist/Maker

Gerhard Richter (German, born 1932)

Date

1994

Medium

Oil on linen

Dimensions

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Credit

Purchase in honor of John Wieland, Chairman of the Board of Directors, 1994–1997, with funds from Alfred Austell Thornton in memory of Leila Austell Thornton and Albert Edward Thornton, Sr., and Sarah Miller Venable and William Hoyt Venable

Accession #

1996.136

On View

Currently not on view

In addition to issues of representation, Richter also investigated the effects of photography on painting, as demonstrated in (799-1) Lesende. Lesende, or “The Reader” in English, depicts the artist’s wife reading a book. The composition, subject matter, and blurred, momentary quality of this work suggest a photographic source, yet the rich application of paint resolutely reminds the viewer that it is a painting.

Image Copyright

© Gerhard Richter

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