Gerhard Richter (German: [ˈʁɪçtɐ]; born 9 February 1932) is a German visual artist. Richter has produced abstract as well as photorealistic paintings, and also photographs and glass pieces. In October 2012, Richter's Abstraktes Bild set an auction record price for a painting by a living artist at $34 million (£21 million). This was exceeded in May 2013 when his 1968 piece Domplatz, Mailand (Cathedral square, Milan) was sold for $37.1 million (£24.4 million) in New York. This was further exceeded in February 2015 when his painting Abstraktes Bild sold for $44.52 million (£30.4 million) in London at Sotheby's Contemporary Evening Sale.
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Richter studied painting at the fine arts academy in Dresden 1951-1956. He fled East Germany in 1961, settling in Düsseldorf, and continuing his studies at the fine arts academy there. Here he met Sigmar Polke, Konrad Lueg, and Blinky Palermo, and co-founded the Capitalist Realist group in 1963 with Polke, Lueg, and Manfred Kuttner. At this time he began using photographs, both found and created, as source material for his paintings, which he has continued to do throughout his career, in tandem with more abstract and conceptual works.
German, West German
Artist, Painter
Gerhard Richter, Gerd Richter, Geruharuto Rihitā, Gehede Lixite, גרהרד ריכטר
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