Trailer for a documentary on Gerhard Richter called Painting.

Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter (born Feb 9, 1932) is a visual artist, photographer and sculptor who works in several distinct styles. He is often considered to be one of the greatest living artists with his groundbreaking photographs, painted works and sculpted pieces.

Richter studied at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts in 1951 under Karl von Appen, Heinz Lohmar and Will Grohmann.

From 1957 to 1961 Richter worked took commissions from the state of East Germany. Richter escaped from East to West Germany 2 months before the Berlin Wall was erected in 1961.

After escaping to West Germany, he began his studies at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Kark Otto Götz. He began working with a realist style of art along with Sigmar Polke known as Kapitalistischer Realismus involving pictorial shorthand of advertising. Richter taught at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design as a visiting professor; he returned to the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 1971, where he was a professor for over 15 years.

In 1983, Richter moved from Düsseldorf to Cologne into a studio designed by Theiss Marwede where he still works today.

He married Marianne Eufinger in 1957 – together they have one daughter. He married his second wife, Isa Genzken, in 1982. Richter had a son and daughter with his third wife, Sabine Moritz after they were married in 1995.

His work is characterized in several distinct styles including photography, photograph “blur” paintings, abstract work, color chart paintings, sculpture and drawings.

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