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(799-1) Lesende (The Reader)

Modern and Contemporary Art
(799-1) Lesende (The Reader)


Gerhard Richter
German, born 1932




Oil on linen

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20 1/4 × 28 × 1 1/4 inches


On View - Wieland Pavilion, Skyway, Gallery 412

In addition to issues of representation, Richter also investigated the effects of photography on painting, as demonstrated in (799-1) Lesende. Lesende, or “The Reader” in English, depicts the artist’s wife reading a book. The composition, subject matter, and blurred, momentary quality of this work suggest a photographic source, yet the rich application of paint resolutely reminds the viewer that it is a painting.


Purchase in honor of John Wieland, Chairman of the Board of Directors, 1994–1997, with funds from Alfred Austell Thornton in memory of Leila Austell Thornton and Albert Edward Thornton, Sr., and Sarah Miller Venable and William Hoyt Venable

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© Gerhard Richter