Gerhard Richter
Betty, 1991
Offset lithograph
49 x 40 inches
Collection of Peggy and Ralph Burnet

Painter, printmaker, and photographer Gerhard Richter has always been an agile and versatile artist, often shifting techniques from neo-expressionist to photorealistic. Betty, an image of the artist's daughter that looks like an out-of-focus photograph, is actually an offset lithograph based on a painting based on a photograph. The artist challenges the assumption that photographs are accurate truth-telling documents capturing a precise moment of time. A student of traditional European painting, Richter takes cues from the Dutch masters, especially Vermeer, as he employs color, texture, and dramatic light effects.

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