Color offset lithograph
Sheet: 70 x 59.5 cm (27 9/16 x 23 7/16 in.); Image: 70 x 59.4 cm (27 9/16 x 23 3/8 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1998.74
© Gerhard Richter
Catalogue raisonné: Butin 5b
Richter's works are primarily models of perception and secondarily depictions of reality, as he explained, "I am suspicious regarding the image of reality which our senses convey to us and which is incomplete and limited." Since ways of seeing are more certain than what is being seen, the camera plays an essential role. The photograph captures only a fleeting moment, and it, too, conveys the idea that reality is elusive. Richter often chose blurred photographs to reinforce the impression that our grasp on even a particular moment is uncertain. The elusiveness, uncertainty, and lack of absolutes in his work reflect this comment: "I cannot describe anything more clearly about reality than my own relation to reality. And this has always to do with haziness, insecurity, inconsistency, fragmentary performance, or what have you."
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