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Richter: Abstract Painting No. 439 (custom print)
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          Artwork details

          Abstract Painting No. 439, 1978, 1978
          Artist
          Gerhard Richter
          Product code
          gerric1504
          Artwork code
          T02348
          Artist code
          1841
          Oil paint on canvas. Purchased by Tate in 1979

          Richter created Abstract Painting No. 439 by photographing one of his own pieces (Oil Sketch No. 432/11), and projecting the image onto a large canvas, which he traced in charcoal. He completed the larger image with conventional oil paint. To achieve glossy finish similar to a photograph he worked the surface of the painting with brushes and sandpaper.

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          Artist details

          Gerhard Richter is a German painter. Richter began painting enlarged copies of black-and-white photographs using only a range of greys. He became known for relying on actual subject matter when painting, even for his abstract works. In the late 1970s he stopped relying on real-life subjects but it is said that his paintings retained a ‘second hand look’ that made his works look as though he was still painting an actual subject.

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