Monday, May 01, 2006

Turn Around

Betty, 1988 by Gerhard Richter, St. Louis Art Museum (copyright Gerhard Richter).

What looks to be a photograph is actually a painting of the artist's daughter. It cannot be considered a true portrait when it is of the back of the subject but he lovingly portrays the his subject. His style has varied a lot over the years from photo-realistic paintings like to the very abstract.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats a beautiful image! The lack of detail (face) is so significant and seems to relate to the work of Helen Wright who has been exploring the idea that removing the detail that we associate with faces reveals that we really don't know much about the people we think we know everything about!

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Tim Gray said...

Reminds me of a shot near the end of Andrei Tarkovksy's film 'Mirror' (1974), when a woman is asked by her husband (presumably after making love?) in a field whether she wants a boy or girl. She looks away from camera just like this painting (and, after a while, a long pause, ravishingly directly into the camera - and at us watching).

8:14 AM  
Anonymous buttergun said...

It is definitely an arresting painting in person although I didn't experience it as a "loving" portrayal. I saw it in the context of his retrospective at SFMOMA and I was left with a feeling of distance and blunted affection. It was an amazing show.

2:31 PM  

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