After the painting '1024 colors', 1974 by Gerhard Richter (b. 1932) – German artist
Manufacturer: Vorwerk Teppichwerke
On the reverse with manufacturer’s label ‘Vorwerk’
Vorwerk collection Contemporary Art: Dialog - First Edition
Dimensions: 250 x 399 cm
Pieces of the rug fetch up to €9,500 on the auction market
In the 1960s Gerhard Richter began to work with color charts. For this purpose, he reproduced the color fields of color sample cards, which he would often arbitrarily position side by side so as to create colorful abstractions in which he deals with themes of the serial and chance. In 1974 Richter created an oil painting titled ‘1024 Colors’ (cat. rais. 358-1). Later, this work – consisting of 1024 juxtaposed color squares – served as a template for a tapestry produced in 1988 by the international company Vorwerk as part of their collection ‘Dialog - First Edition’. Besides Richter, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Jean Nouvel and Zaha M. Hadid also created designs for the collection.
The rug is marked with the manufacturer’s logo ‘Vorwerk’ on the reverse. It is in good condition with signs of age and wear. There are some stains. The dimensions are 250 x 399 cm.
Gerhard Richter (born 1932)
After his training as a stage and advertising painter the well-known German artist Gerhard Richter began to study at the Art Academies in Dresden and Düsseldorf. From 1971 to 1993 he worked as a professor for painting at the Academy of Art in Düsseldorf. Gerhard Richter uses photographs as models, he then enlarges these motifs and subsequently transfers them into his own preferred medium of paintings and prints. He is known for his abstract, expressively colorful works which are created with color layers, abrasions and overpainting. Richter’s experimental engagement with actuality and the painterly staged reality are visible in his entire oeuvre which has been honored widely. Today he is one of the most sought after artists in the world and his works are presented internationally, such as at the Biennale in Venice and in large retrospectives in New York and at the National Gallery in Berlin. Gerhard Richter works and lives in Cologne. (tfa)
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