Gerhard Richter
Abstraktes Bild (Abstract Picture), 1988

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Abstraktes Bild (Abstract Picture)
Artist name
Gerhard Richter
Date created
oil on linen
24 3/8 in. × 24 1/2 in. (61.91 cm × 62.23 cm)
The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
© Gerhard Richter
Permanent URL
Artwork status
Not on view at this time.

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How did Richter make this painting?

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SFX: Scraping. Footsteps. Slide of a brush. The sounds of Richter making a painting are the main experience of the sound design – the voices come in and out, but the physical sounds of the process are the constant.  



Those are the sounds of artist Gerhard Richter making one of his large abstract paintings. 



It’s a highly physical process that takes place over an extended period of time.  



And that’s curator Rachel Jans.  


SFX: Sharp scrape, footsteps 



Richter’s abstract pictures are built of a single layer by a single layer sometimes scraping them and removing paint, sometimes allowing layers of paint to merge.  


SFX: Long sound of squeegee 



One of the tools is a squeegee- a large squeegee- that he can pull across the painting, or down the painting so it actually moves layers of paint.  


SFX: Long sound of squeegee 



It can blend the layers- 


SFX: The wet drips of paint, the slide of a brush. Sounds of scraping and smearing continue through Storr’s comments. 



Remove layers, add layers. 


SFX: Big scrape, footsteps, as if the artist continues to work. Then fades with the music.  

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