Stadtbild M 2, Gerhard Richter
Gerhard Richter
Stadtbild M 2
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Gerhard Richter

Stadtbild M 2, 1968


Dimensions
85.0 x 90.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
LG 23
Acquisition
On permanent loan from Frankfurter Sparkasse AG since 1985
Status
On display, lower level, Contemporary Art

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About the Work

Gerhard Richter's 'Townscape M2' is the painterly reproduction of a photo. The small format was projected on to the canvas using an episcope and the copy, several times larger than the original, was then painted. The fuzziness of the enlarged city view of Milan, which served as a reference for 'Townscape M2', is expressed in the painting with emphatic brushwork; the subject looks abstracted. The row of houses and the street behind the church tower are no longer defined as individual forms but dissolve into an almost monochrome surface. Enlarged fifty times, the photo results in an enormous picture format which Richter has divided into nine sections. The resulting square pictures of equal size are titled M1 to M9.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Stadtbild M 2 (Original Title)
Title Translation
Townscape M 2
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Dauerleihgabe der Sparkasse Frankfurt
Picture Copyright
© Gerhard Richter, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
On permanent loan from Frankfurter Sparkasse AG since 1985

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
  • 61E(MILANO) names of cities and villages (MILANO)
  • 25I1 city-view in general; 'veduta'
  • 48C14111 bird's eye view ~ representation of building
Secondary

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Last update

02.12.2020