The work of art by the contemporary artist Gerhard Richter shows the abstract depiction of a city from a bird's eye view. The picture is painted in black and white colors.

Townscape F

Gerhard Richter

H 200cm W 200cm


The title of the work is based on a mistake: the photograph that was to be used as a basis for this painted bird’s-eye view of a city was actually not a photograph of Frankfurt — as Gerhard Richter had believed for a long time — but a photograph of Munich. This alone shows that Richter was not interested in depicting a specific, significant place, but more with the process of painterly translation and transformation of a source motif captured on a photograph.

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