Gerhard Richter

Brigid Polk

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About this artwork

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.

  • title:
    Brigid Polk
  • accession number:
    AR00344
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  • materials:
    Oil paint on canvas
  • date created:
    1971
  • measurements:
    175.00 x 175.20 x 2.80 cm (framed: 180.50 x 180.30 x 6.00 cm)
  • credit line:
    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
  • copyright:
    © Gerhard Richter
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter