oil on cardboard
21 x 29,8 cm (8 1/4 x 11 3/4 in.) support cardboard 40 x 49 cm (15 3/4 x 19 1/4 in.)
verso signed and dated also signed and dated on the support cardboard
Gerhard Richter’s work in oil on card, titled only with the date of origin “3.3.94”, is distinguished by the technique typical of his abstract and non-representational works of superimposing several layers of paint on top of one another and processing them such that both the layers of paint and the overall impression of the pictorial surface acquire a liveliness and a surface feel that challenge the habits of perception of the viewer. The colors take on a seemingly figurative role through the way they are applied. The pastose, haptic surface is at the same time the source of the charm of the painting, because it takes on a material reality as a result, which lends the pure colour an object-like reality. This play with illusion and mimesis as opponents of pure abstraction is what interests Richter in his painting. His question addressed to painting pursues the aim of making viewers conscious of the gap in perception between the real, “true” colour material and the expected representational nature of a painting. In addition to this, a diary-like character manifests from the exact dating, which results in the work being transformed into a snapshot of continuing artistic seeking.