Abstraktes Bild (Haut) [Abstract Painting (Skin)]
© Gerhard Richter

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Abstraktes Bild (Haut) [Abstract Painting (Skin)] 2004
  • 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. This work, which translates as ‘Abstract Painting (Skin)’, deals with the visual patterns that sound vibrations create when brought into proximity to the surface of milk (skin). The actual image derives from experiments carried out in 2000 by the German artist, Carsten Nicolai (born 1965). The repeated pattern of forms, albeit indistinct and out of focus in some areas, is also found in Richter’s later paintings and prints about earth elements, such as silicate and strontium.

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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. AR00028
  • Medium Oil paint on canvas
  • Size 230.00 x 204.90 x 6.80 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