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Fingermalerei
Signed Mixed Media

Gerhard Richter

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Mixed Media, 1972
Signed Mixed Media Edition of 150
H 39cm x W 39cm

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Meaning & Analysis

Released in a limited edition of 150, the artwork displays a grey background that bears traces of the finger’s movements across the canvas. Barely visible swirls cover the surface of the painting, constituting a curious example of the artist’s direct reference to his creative process. Created two years before the iconic Grey Paintings series, Fingermalerei anticipates the artist’s recourse to the neutral tones as a way of manifesting his doubt in the possibility of knowing and representing reality. The artist commented on the symbolic function of the grey colour in his 1970s artworks: “It was the ultimate possible statement of powerlessness and desperation. Nothing, absolutely nothing left, no figures, no colour, nothing. Then you realise after you’ve painted three of them that one’s better than the other and you ask yourself why that is… I wanted to avoid painting. I forbade it. But I also wanted to avoid representing life in any way; nevertheless I did represent it.”

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