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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. He is widely regarded as one of the most important contemporary German artists and several of his works have set record prices at auction.
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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, East German, West German
Artist, Painter
Gerhard Richter, Geruharuto Rihitā, Gehede Lixite
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138 works online



  • MoMA Highlights: 375 Works from The Museum of Modern Art Flexibound, 408 pages
  • MoMA Now: Highlights from The Museum of Modern Art—Ninetieth Anniversary Edition Hardcover, 424 pages
  • Being Modern: Building the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art Exhibition catalogue, Hardcover, 288 pages
  • Gerhard Richter: Doubt and Belief in Painting Paperback, 280 pages
  • Gerhard Richter: October 18, 1977 Hardcover, 144 pages
  • Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting Exhibition catalogue, Hardcover, 340 pages
  • Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting Exhibition catalogue, Paperback, 340 pages

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