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Flow (P7)
Unsigned Print

Gerhard Richter


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Digital Print, 2014
Unsigned Print Edition of 500
H 45cm x W 45cm

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Auction Results

Auction DateAuction HouseArtwork
Hammer Price
Return to Seller
Buyer Paid
Sotheby's London - United KingdomFlow (P7) - Unsigned Print
June 2018Sotheby's Milan - ItalyFlow (P7) - Unsigned Print
September 2017Sotheby's London - United KingdomFlow (P7) - Unsigned Print
April 2017Sotheby's New York - United StatesFlow (P7) - Unsigned Print
February 2016Wright - United StatesFlow (P7) - Unsigned Print

Meaning & Analysis

Alchemical in terms of both substance and visuality, Flow (P7) is perhaps the most accomplished work in the Flow series. A stunning mixture of acid-like tones and visceral reds, the work recalls the practice of ink marbling once popular with publishers in the 19th century. To create the original, after which this digital print was made, Richter diluted oil paints of various tones before allowing them to interact with each other atop a horizontal surface. Wholly dissimilar from his 2006 Cage paintings, visible in the Cage Prints, Cage f.ff and Cage Grid series, this work is imbued with a sense of spontaneity and lightness of touch that contrasts with the regimented and altogether thoughtful creative process characteristic of Richter’s many abstracts.

During the late 1960s, Richter was resident in the West German city of Düsseldorf - a place known locally as the Schreibtisch des Ruhrgebiets, or ‘writing desk of the Ruhr’. An affluent city famed for housing the offices of large industrial corporations based in West Germany’s coal producing regions, Düsseldorf was home to a thriving art scene. A far cry from Dresden, then in the former East Germany, and from which Richter had escaped to the West in 1961, Düsseldorf was instrumental in the artist’s development. At the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, he co-founded the Capitalist Realism art movement, parodying the consumer-driven culture of his new surroundings as well as his strict socialist realist training, which he received back in Dresden.

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