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Guildenstern - Signed Print by Gerhard Richter 1998 - MyArtBroker

Signed Print

Gerhard Richter


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Photographic print, 1998
Signed Print Edition of 35
H 102cm x W 116cm

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Meaning & Analysis

Placed against a white background, a square-shaped photograph brings together a mixture of bold colours and irregular shapes that sprawl freely across the surface of the image. At the very centre of the photograph, diffuse splashes of yellow and red appear to melt together, creating an abstract, kaleidoscopic pattern. The surface of the colours is covered irregularly with bubbles of varying size, bringing the viewer closer to the experience of looking at an active process of transformation of the dissolving colours.

Guildenstern stands in opposition to Richter’s monochrome paintings of the earlier period. The artwork captures how the experimentation with colours and mediums allows the artist to move in the direction of lively, genre-defying images. The artist commented in this context: “‘I do not pursue any particular intentions, system, or direction. I do not have a programme, a style, a course to follow. I have brought not being interested in specialist problems, working themes, in variations towards mystery. I shy away from all restrictions, I do not know what I want, I am inconsistent, indifferent, passive; I like things that are indeterminate and boundless, and I like persistent uncertainty”.

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