Brigid Polk
© Gerhard Richter

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Brigid Polk 1971
  • Artist Rooms
Richter has always displayed the importance of the subjects of his paintings, maintaining that he simply chooses amateur photographs that allow him to concentrate on the act of painting appearances. But he is obviously drawn towards certain subjects since he pastes photographs of them in his ‘Atlas’, or personal image bank. Richter painted five portraits of Brigid Polk, the highly idiosyncratic and extrovert member of Andy Warhol’s Factory. These portraits are significant, in that in them Richter began to use colour again, after having used only black, white and grey tones in his previous figurative paintings.

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Figurative art

A general term for art that refers to the real, visible world, used more specifically for the representation of the human figure.

Figurative art

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  • Acc. No. AR00344
  • Medium Oil paint on canvas
  • Size 175.00 x 175.20 x 2.80 cm (framed: 180.50 x 180.30 x 6.00 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