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Schweizer Alpen I - A2 - Signed Print by Gerhard Richter 1969 - MyArtBroker

Schweizer Alpen I - A2
Signed Print

Gerhard Richter


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Screenprint, 1969
Signed Print Edition of 300
H 69cm x W 69cm

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Meaning & Analysis

In this print, viewers are witness to the gradual, staged process of abstraction of which Richter is a pioneer. Not unlike Richter’s Annunciation After Titian paintings, which comprise 5 increasingly ‘blurred’ reconstructions of Titian’s masterwork The Annunciation (1539), this work relates directly to its close cousin, Schweizer Alpen I - A1. With reference to this partner print, we can see that Schweizer Alpen I - A2 is darker in colour and more hard-edged in form; the contrast between the grey section to the right of the print’s composition and the light-filled, mountainous ridges to its left serve to abstract, taking the viewer further and further away from its original subject matter, the Swiss Alps.

Richter has long situated himself at the intersection between representation and non-representation. On the one hand, the artist is well-known for producing historical portraits, such as the iconic 48 Portraits (1972) series that won him international acclaim at the Venice Biennale; yet on the other, Richter is the master of the large-scale abstract, his Cage f.ff and Cage Grid series vaunting the artist’s mastery of colour and non-representational composition.

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