About This Artwork

Gerhard Richter
German, born 1932

24-3-86, 1986

Acrylic on gelatin silver print
797 x 995 mm

Restricted gift of Adele and Willard Gidwitz, 1989.23

© Gerhard Richter

By applying pigment to the surface of a photograph, Gerhard Richter questions the objective reality that it seems to document. Through strokes of paint, we see glimpses of the view lying underneath and recognize the rhythmic pattern of a rippling water surface. However, the acrylic paint interferes with our perception of an illusory three-dimensional space. The painterly, multicolored impasto, juxtaposed against the smooth, finished, monochromatic image, draws attention to the photograph as a two-dimensional reproduction, stressing the photograph's artifice.

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