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(799-1) Lesende (The Reader)

Modern and Contemporary Art
painting
(799-1) Lesende (The Reader)

Artist/Maker

Gerhard Richter
German, born 1932

Date

1994

Medium

Oil on linen

Accession #

1996.136

Dimensions

20 1/4 × 28 × 1 1/4 inches

Location

On View - Wieland Pavilion, Skyway, Gallery 412

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.

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

Image Copyright

© Gerhard Richter