Gerhard Richter / Elisabeth II / 1966Gerhard Richter
Elisabeth II

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Creator Name: Richter, Gerhard
Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1932
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Gerhard Richter
Title: Elisabeth II
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1966
Creation End Date: 1966
Creation Date: 1966
Object Type: Prints
Materials and Techniques: color offset lithograph
Dimensions: Sheet: 70cm x 59.5cm, Image: 70cm x 59.4cm
Inscriptions: signed and dated in graphite, lower right corner: "Elisabeth II" and numbered in graphite on verso, lower left corner: 15/50
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1998.74
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Context: Richter is one of the most important German artists working today. Very interested in issues of reality and perception, he has explained, "I am suspicious regarding the image of reality which our senses convey to us and which is incomplete and limited." For him, ways of seeing are more certain than what is being seen, and thus the camera has played an essential role throughout his career. Because a photograph captures only a fleeting moment, it conveys the idea that reality is elusive. In his work, Richter often uses blurred photographs to reinforce the impression that our grasp of even a particular moment is uncertain.In the early 1960s Richter searched for a what might be called a "nonart" working method. He began to make paintings and prints based upon photographs that he took himself, family snapshots, or even images appropriated from the media. His reliance on photographs was a way to avoid emotion and achieve expressive neutrality. Elisabeth II was devised from a photograph of the queen over which a grid pattern was superimposed. It exemplifies the cool, representational style at the beginning of Richter's career and thus complements Abstract Painting (750-1)? currently hanging in Gallery 243?a large picture made in 1991, when the artist's style had changed radically.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1998.74
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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