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Ölberg

Artist
Gerhard Richter, German, born 1932
Date
1986
Material
Oil on canvas
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
On View, Gallery 246
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
Gerhard Richter dragged and scraped a spatula slowly over thickly applied paint, allowing layers of color to show through. What appears to be a spontaneous composition was laboriously worked by the artist to achieve complexity and depth. The dynamic and luscious movement of paint across the canvas relates to the active brushwork of American Abstract Expressionism practiced in the postwar era. However, Richter’s cool, methodical approach challenges the emotional charge and spiritual overtone of the American abstract tradition, creating a wry commentary on the heroic genius and expressive tendencies in American and West German art.
- 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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