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Gerhard Richter

Fuji

oil on aludibond
1996
29 x 37 cm / 11 3/8 x 14 1/2 in.
verso signed

Richter painted the series of 110 pictures in 1996 to help finance the acquisition of his 'Atlas’ from a private collection by the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich. The paintings, which were sold only one piece per person, were sold out within of a few days. The proceeds were a great contribution to the purchase of the ‘Atlas’. The Fuji pictures were among the first works which Richter painted on Alucobond or Aludibond. The extremely smooth surface allows for much more delicate structures than a rough one. It can especially be used for small format works, since it is precisely the smooth surface which makes it difficult to achieve larger structures with a squeegee. Richter had all panels affixed to a wall. Then the assistants applied three horizontal stripes to the panels with a brush, one each in red, in yellow-orange and in green. Then the still wet paint was worked over by Richter, with a slim squeegee, on which white paint had been applied, very slowly and with concentration, vertically as well as horizontally. This creates colour overlaps which would be impossible to achieve with a brush. The artist repeated that process with all panels. Even though he calls the result an edition, every panel is a unique work, created by the artist himself.

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