Elizabeth I, 1966
is an image of the current British Monarch, Elizabeth II. The picture was taken from a newspaper and re-photographed by the artist. The grey in the image resembles the black and white photograph from which the piece derives. Richter confirmed that the ‘I’ in the title of the piece indicates that this print was the first of the two versions of the same subject, which were made at the same time.
70 x 59.5 cm
Date of work
Lithograph on paper. Purchased by Tate in 1988
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.