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Gerhard Richter, German, born 1932
Oil on canvas
Current Location
Not on view
40 1/4 x 28 1/2 in. (102.2 x 72.4 cm)
Credit Line
Funds given by Mr. and Mrs. R. Crosby Kemper Jr. through the Crosby Kemper Foundations, The Arthur and Helen Baer Charitable Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Van-Lear Black III, Anabeth Calkins and John Weil, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Wolff, the Honorable and Mrs. Thomas F. Eagleton; Museum Purchase, Dr. and Mrs. Harold J. Joseph, and Mrs. Edward Mallinckrodt, by exchange
© Gerhard Richter 2019
Object Number
Gerhard Richter based this painting on a 1978 photograph he took of his daughter Betty when she was 11 years old. The girl’s position is partially posed, but also spontaneous as she turns away from the viewer. Richter combines the softness of her hair with the precise rendering of her flowered jacket in a work that blurs the distinctions between painting and photography. The formal elegance and psychological ambiguity evident here make "Betty" one of Richter’s most captivating works.
by 1991 - 1992
Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, England, acquired from the artist [1]

1992 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Anthony d'Offay Gallery [2]

[1] The first public exhibition of "Betty" was at Anthony d'Offay Gallery on April 22, 1991 ["Gerhard Richter: Mirrors." London: Anthony d'Offay Gallery, 1991, cat. no. 1]. A catalogue for the exhibition and a label on the back of the canvas support this provenance ["Gerhard Richter". London: Tate Gallery, 1991, cat. no. 49]. Furthermore, the bill of sale from Anthony d'Offay Gallery dated March 27, 1992 states that the gallery acquired the painting from the artist [SLAM document files].

[2] Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, March 18, 1992.
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