Gerhard Richter was born in Dresden on February 9, 1932, the first child of Horst and Hildegard Richter. Four years later, his sister, Gisela, was born. The Richter family was in many ways a middle-class family. Father Horst worked as a teacher at a secondary school in Dresden, and Anne Hildegard was a bookseller who loved to play the piano. Gerhard Richter lives in Cologne, Germany.
Gerhard Richter Life Story
In an interview with Richter Robert Storr, he described his childhood family life as "simple, neat, piano-playing mother and earning father."
In 1935, father Horst agreed to become a school teacher in the town of Reichenau, then in the German state of Saxony, now known as Bogatynia in Poland. Settling in Reichenau was a radical change for the family, which had become accustomed to the vibrant cultural life of great Dresden. However, this would greatly protect his family from the coming war. In the late 1930s, father Horst was drafted into the German army, captured by the Allied forces and arrested as a prisoner of war until Germany's defeat. He was released in 1946 and returned to his family, who moved again, this time to the village of Waltersdorf, on the Czech border.
Although he was too young to be drafted into the German army during World War II, the war had a profound effect on Richter. The family suffered economic difficulties and personal losses: for the deaths of Hildegard's brothers Rudi, Alfred, and sister Marianne as a result of the war, Richter said, "It was sad that my mother's brothers died in the war, first one, then the other. I will never forget how the women screamed." he mentioned. Marianne, who had mental health problems, died of starvation in a psychiatric clinic.
The Dresden bombing made a lasting impression on Richter: "In the night, everyone took to the street of our village, 100 kilometers away. Dresden was" being "bombed" at the moment!
The post-war years brought difficulties for the Richter family, as well as for others. His father's return was not like a war hero. Regarding this period, Richter; “It was the fate of our father that affected our lives because nobody wanted us” In an interview in 2004; "After his father came home, we became so alienated from each other that we didn't know how to deal with this situation"
After the Potsdam agreement at the end of the war, Richter's area came under Soviet control. World War II profoundly changed the face of Richter's home country and had a lasting impact on Richter's education and later artistic practice.
Gerhard Richter Painting Technique, Style
Richter worked at a photographer before joining the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts at the age of 15. He took on a number of temporary jobs, including painting theater sets. In 1961, just months before the Berlin Wall was built, Richter moved to Düsseldorf, where he studied at the art academy with Sigmar Polke.
In the 1960s and 70s Richter switched from black and white photography to canvas works. Previously, he was copying a photograph as a realistic oil painting. Then he rubbed the squeegee of his own design on the canvas, blurring the paint. In contrast to the dominant colors of the sales industry used by American Pop-Art artists who also gained popularity in Europe at the same time, Richter's Pop Art was dark and cynical.
Gerhard Richter has painted many abstract paintings from the late 1970s that focus on the dramatic realism of color. He used the meeting technique in his paintings. It spreads colors across the canvas with a long squeegee. The painting texture is formed by the random mixing of paints. This paint mix looks like a new space texture. The artist, whose Abstraktes Bild 809-4, 1994 painting sold for $34 million in 2012, has works in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate in London and the Art Institute of Chicago.
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