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Abstraktes Bild (Grau) [Abstract Painting (Grey)]
© Gerhard Richter

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Abstraktes Bild (Grau) [Abstract Painting (Grey)] 2002

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
When, in the early 1980s, Richter began to develop an abstract way of painting that avoided overt expression and subjectivity, he chose to paint exclusively in grey. Grey was neutral, grey was neither positive nor negative, grey was perhaps even dull. At various times since then, Richter has returned to using grey when he was attempting something new and did not want the added complications of colour. In the early 2000s, he began to explore ways of looking behind appearances by using scientific principles and discoveries. This painting is part of that group of works.

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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.


Any act of representation in words, images, music or other means, particularly the representation of emotions or feelings in a lively manner.

Abstract art, Expression


  • Acc. No. AR00030
  • Medium Oil paint on aluminium
  • Size overall: 2204 mm x 1544 mm x 55 mm
  • 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