Gilbert and George are two artists based in London, who work together as an artistic duo. They became known in the late 1960s as `living sculptures?, dressing in similar tweed suits and doing everything together. Life and art were inseparable. In 1975, on the occasion of a show in Dusseldorf, they commissioned Richter to make a portrait of them. Richter made eight paintings in all, using superimposed photographs of the duo in order to suggest their inseparable mutually beneficial identity.