Gerhard Richter. Court Chapel, Dresden. 2000

Gerhard Richter Court Chapel, Dresden 2000

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This painting, based on a snapshot, shows Richter smiling tentatively with his friend the art critic Benjamin Buchloh before a Gothic cathedral in the artist's native city of Dresden. Richter blurs the forms in his photobased paintings with the swipe of a brush or straightedge scraper, deleting much of the information contained in the original source. "I never paint to create a likeness of a person or of an event," Richter has written. "Even though I paint credibly and correctly, as if the likeness were important, I am really using it only as a pretext for a picture."

Gallery label from What is Painting? Contemporary Art from the Collection, July 7–September 17, 2007 .
Oil on canvas
31 1/2 x 36 5/8" (80 x 93 cm)
Promised gift of Donald L. Bryant, Jr.
Object number
© 2020 Gerhard Richter
Painting and Sculpture

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