Museum Folkwang
  • Gerhard Richter
  • Wolken, 1970

  • Clouds
  • Oil on canvas
  • 200 x 300 cm
  • Acquired in 1970 with support of the Frau-Otto Knaudt-Stiftung
  • Inv. G 376
  • CommentaryAt the end of the 18th century, the role of clouds in painting was transformed; studies of the sky and clouds as well as concepts of the sky became established as independent motifs, especially in Romantic landscape painting. Unlike 19th century artists, Gerhard Richter’s ›Wolkenbild‹ is not based on observed studies of nature, but on photographs. Richter here used a photograph which he included in his so-called ›atlas‹, an archive as documentation of sketches and image models of different work processes which he subsequently put together. With blurring, Richter directs the viewer’s attention to the source of the motif, intentionally making the use of photographic models a theme. Blurring the colors also serves the artist in alienating a common object in painting and underlining the questionable place of the image between reality and perception.
  • Provenance1970, Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Köln
  • Obj_Id: 3,467
  • Obj_Internet_S: Highlight
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Wolken
  • Obj_Title2_S: Clouds
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Wolken Clouds Wolken
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1970
  • Jahr von: 1,970
  • Jahr bis: 1,970
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 376
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0376
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 200 x 300 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil on canvas
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Oil on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1970 with support of the Frau-Otto Knaudt-Stiftung
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Gerhard Richter 2019

1970, Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Köln