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Ölberg

Artist
Gerhard Richter, German, born 1932
Date
1986
Material
Oil on canvas
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
On View, Gallery 251
Dimensions
118 1/2 x 98 9/16 in. (301 x 250.3 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Rights
© 2013 Gerhard Richter
Object Number
107:1987
NOTES
To create this abstract painting, Gerhard Richter dragged and scraped a spatula over thickly applied pigments, allowing multiple layers of paint to shine through. What appears to be a spontaneous composition was actually laboriously worked by the artist to achieve the desired effects. While "Ölberg" can be read as a luscious, brilliantly colored painting in the style of American Abstract Expressionism, Richter’s cool, methodical approach challenges the emotionally charged, spiritual expression of that abstract tradition.
- 1987
Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY, USA [1]

1987 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Marian Goodman Gallery [2]


Notes:
[1] This painting was in an exhibition at Marian Goodman Gallery from March 5 to April 4, 1987 ["Gerhard Richter: Paintings." New York: Marian Goodman Gallery, 1987, no. 598].

[2] Invoice from the Marian Goodman Gallery dated March 16, 1987 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Acquisitions and Loans Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, May 18, 1987.
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