Born in Dresden in 1932, Gerhard Richter is today one of the most important German painters of international repute. Richter studied at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf from 1951 to 1956 and, together with Sigmar Polke, initiated Capitalist Realism to act as a critical counter-movement to Pop Art that was so dominant at that time, and to Fluxus. Richter’s intention was, and has remained so for decades, to transcend the personal in his painting. He frequently uses photographs as a basis for his paintings which he distorts by blurring his motifs. Both stylistic means ultimately led to Richter’s international fame.
The Brandhorst Collection includes several drawings, small-format works in colour from the 1980s and the important painting Familie nach Altem Meister (Family after Old Master) of 1965. The latter work is an early example of Richter’s blurred-painting technique and a masterpiece of twentieth-century portraiture