Masterpiece Story: Betty by Gerhard Richter, Natalia Tiberio, δημοσίευση στο Daily Art Magazine [17/10/2022]Marilena Pateraki
An unconventional portrait where the sitter looks away. The striking colors and flawless technique. A photo or a painting? Let’s dive into the astonishing portrait of Betty by Gerhard Richter.
The first thing we think about Gerhard Richter’s Betty is: what an interesting photo! And then, we look again, get a little closer, and realize, it is in fact a painting! The confusion about the technique is an essential part of why Betty is a contemporary masterpiece.
Gerhard Richter (b. 1932) started his career as a designer working in advertising in Dresden, his hometown. He used the official art style of East Germany, Socialist Realism, to produce murals and public art that later were covered up or destroyed. In 1961, he established himself in Düsseldorf and began to create in a movement that became known as Capitalist Realism. Using the advertising language, Richter highlighted the increasing cult of highly curated images and appearances.
Richter is an artist who refuses labels as much as to be stuck within a movement or a style.
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