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Modern and Contemporary Art
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Artist: Gerhard Richter, German, born 1932

Bildnis Holger Friedrich (Portrait of Holger Friedrich)

1972

Oil on canvas

140 × 140 × 2.9 cm (55 1/8 × 55 1/8 × 1 1/8 in.)
Gift of Molly and Walter Bareiss, B.S. 1940S
1991.58.81

From the exhibition Still Life: 1970s Photorealism:

Holger Friedrich was the brother of the influential German art dealer Heiner Friedrich. This painting was commissioned on behalf of the subject’s partner on the occasion of Holger’s untimely death. Friedrich is shown close to the viewer and seated in the front seat of a car; the white light of its windows softly frames his face, imbuing the painting with a melancholic, reflective tone. Gerhard Richter’s paintings are often derived from photographs, or what the artist calls his “atlas,” from which he paints an accurate representation and that he then adapts using a wide brush to create a less legible, blurred effect.

Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
German
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Paintings
Bibliography: 

“The Wadsworth Atheneum,” http://www.thewadsworth.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Matrix-95.pdf (accessed 2013).

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