Gerhard Richter (b. 1932) worked on his Seascapes Series from the end of the 1960s up until 1998 and this exhibition will be the first to present a broad variety of these works.
In this series Richter presents a reflection on both nature and visual perception. The works take influence from traditional sources, such as the melancholic and moody landscapes of German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich (1774 -1840), and rely on snapshots taken by Richter whilst he was travelling.
Through these paintings and drawings, Richter forces the viewer to face the question of representation, merging the painted surface and the photographic record into one. In applying highly diluted paint, he achieves a smooth surface much like that of a photograph, whilst blurring the image to reference the essence of a memory.
GERHARD RICHTER. SEASCAPES
23 MAY - 9 SEPTEMBER 2019
GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM BILBAO | BILBAO, SPAIN