Gerhard Richter - Nine objects, 1969


Gerhard Richter (*1932 in Dresden) is one of the best-known representatives of contemporary art in Germany. He works as a painter, sculptor and photographer. Richter studied in his home town of Dresden and at the Academy of Art in Düsseldorf. From 1971 he held a chair for painting in Düsseldorf. He is considered one of the most important contemporary artists. In 2002, many of his works were shown in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His work cannot be categorized. He works both abstractly and figuratively, constantly exploring the limits and possibilities of art. At the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, he is currently represented with works such as Ema (Nude on a Staircase), 1966; 48 Portraits, 1971/72; Elbe, 2012, and November, 2012. Richter lives and works in Cologne.

Gerhard Richter: Nine objects, 1969 © Gerhard Richter 2022 (18012022), Photo: Simon Vogel, Cologne

Neun Objekte, 1969

Thanks to the initiative of the Perlensucher am Museum Ludwig, an early complete series of nine photographs by Gerhard Richter has been acquired. The photographed motifs show wooden objects made by the artist himself in geometric shapes. In these works, Richter explores questions of pictorial representation, perception and illusionistic artistic means. The objects depicted appear like optical illusions and seem spatially intangible. The pictures were professionally retouched according to the artist’s instructions and then printed using the offset printing process.