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Signed Print Edition of 50
H 69cm x W 69cm
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|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
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|December 2017||Karl & Faber - Germany||Schweizer Alpen II - A2 - Signed Print|
|March 2016||Lempertz, Cologne - Germany||Schweizer Alpen II - A2 - Signed Print|
|December 2005||Koller Zurich - Switzerland||Schweizer Alpen II - A2 - Signed Print|
An unmistakable example of German artist Gerhard Richter’s work, Schweizer Alpen II - A2 is part of the Swiss Alps collection. Issued in an edition of 50 in 1969, the print is signed by the artist. A study depicting an aerial view of the Swiss Alps, the work indexes Richter’s interest in both abstraction and photography.
Bold, hard-edged and gestural, Schweizer Alpen II - A2 speaks to Richter’s prowess as a painter. Uniting abstraction with representation to dramatic effect, this print underscores the abstract nature of the natural world. Recalling works in the Canaries Landscapes collection, this print also makes use of the aerial view. Allowing for the depiction of a scene not unlike that visible from a plane window, or a viewpoint, the aerial point of vision is an important conceptual motif in Richter’s œuvre. Rare in previous art history, it is present in many other works, such as Schweizer Alpen I - B3 (1969) and Bridge 14 Feb 45 (III) (2000), and references Richter’s positioning at the interface between painting and photography.
A disquisition of the image that goes beyond the artist’s historical portraits (i.e. the iconic 48 Portraits (1972) series that won Richter international acclaim at the Venice Biennale), the aerial view signals the presence of photographic technology within the field of an otherwise painterly creation. Hinting at the importance of the camera lens in contemporary art, Richter brings the present into productive contact with the past, using it to invoke German Romantic painting and Caspar David Friedrich.