Gerhard Richter in front of abstract painting

The leading artist of the 20th Century

One of the most important artists of the 20th century.

Gerhard Richter in his studio

Renowned for his thought-provoking approach.


Gerhard Richter, P2 Haggadah, 2014 For Sale - Lougher Contemporary

b. 1932

Gerhard Richter

One of the most famous artists to emerge from post-war Germany, Gerhard Richter is known for his prolific, varied, and widely influential painting practice. He has explored the intersection of photography and painting, making figurative canvases based on found images and abstractions that incorporate visual effects of photography. Richter often works at a monumental scale and has made glass panels and stained glass windows. Layering and erasure are often critical to his practice. The artist studied at the Kunstakademie in Dresden and the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. He has exhibited extensively across the world, at institutions such as the Museum Barberini, the Serpentine Galleries, the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Tate Modern, among others. His work has sold for tens of millions of dollars on the secondary market.


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About the artist

Unrestrained by any one visual style, German artist Gerhard Richter’s art spans abstraction to photorealism, glasswork to photography. Richter’s eclectic work is rich in varied media, from his famous reproductions of both banal and historic photography to his sheer panes of glass and church windows.

Born in 1932 in Dresden, Richter’s upbringing was shaped by the war and death that surrounded him. Though originally trained in the strict Socialist-Realist style, it is perhaps unsurprising that he would go on to produce work that advocates for the death of painting.

After the war, Richter was based in East Germany, where he studied mural painting at the Dresden Art Academy from 1951. Later, after a spell in Moscow, he decided to defect to West Germany, where he made a living building carnival floats and painting theatre sets, before studying at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. It was here that he began his art career in earnest.

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