Abstraktes Bild (Silikat) [Abstract Painting (Silicate)]
© Gerhard Richter

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Abstraktes Bild (Silikat) [Abstract Painting (Silicate)] 2002
  • Artist Rooms
After 2000, Richter made a number of works that dealt with scientific phenomena, in particular, with aspects of reality that can’t be seen by the naked eye. In this painting, the repeated pattern of forms, albeit indistinct and out of focus, relate to the compound, silicate. Richter depicts the substance at a minute scale, which contrasts with the enormous physical size of the work, creating an apparently abstract interpretation of the substance.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.

Abstract art

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00029
  • Medium Oil paint on aluminium
  • Size 220.80 x 154.40 x 5.50 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008