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Digital Print, 2015
Unsigned Print Edition of 500
H 37cm x W 29cm
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Created by Gerhard Richter in 2015, Fence (P13) is a signed artwork representing the Dresden-born artist’s foray into the medium of digital prints. Coupling an engaging simplicity with technical sophistication, the artwork depicts fragments of a fence against the darkness of a forest. While such details in Richter’s paintings as fences, bridges or solitary buildings usually hint at the human presence, this landscape appears charged with a sense of oblivion and abandonment.
Richter’s most famous digital print is Strip (921-6), a large work composed of thin horizontal strips in various colours. While the 2011 artwork strikes with its spectrum of bold colours, Fence (P13) lacks lively tones entirely. The darkness of the forest behind the fence looms over the scene, endowing it with an eerie dimension. Through the effect of soft blurring, Richter creates an image that goes beyond specific timeframes and topographies. The fragment of a landscape in Fence (P13) confronts the viewer with a unique sense of commonality and timelessness. The artist commented in this context: “Paintings are all the better the more beautiful, intelligent, crazy and extreme, the more clearly perceptible and the less decipherable metaphors they are for this incomprehensible reality”.