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Schweizer Alpen II - A2
Signed Print

Gerhard Richter


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Screenprint, 1969
Signed Print Edition of 50
H 69cm x W 69cm

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Auction Results

Auction DateAuction HouseArtwork
Hammer Price
Return to Seller
Buyer Paid
December 2017Karl & Faber - GermanySchweizer Alpen II - A2 - Signed Print
March 2016Lempertz, Cologne - GermanySchweizer Alpen II - A2 - Signed Print
December 2005Koller Zurich - SwitzerlandSchweizer Alpen II - A2 - Signed Print

Meaning & Analysis

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.

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