Gerhard Richter – Making music with paint

Imagine you are composing a symphony. You hear the sounds in your head, you hurriedly sketch the notes onto the  page. You push, you pull, you scratch out, you rearrange. Until, suddenly, as if by magic, it appears. Its done. Your gut is telling you no more, it is time to play.

Gerhard Richter’s paintings appear like a series of symphonies. Yes, he was listening to John Cage the American composer while painting them, but the paintings appear like a new symphony in themselves.

At times they are harsh to look it, at times melodic. I want to stand in this gallery, close my eyes, and listen. I know, if I do, I could hear the music – the life and soul – within.

It is a cacophony or a harmony?

Gerhard Richter - 2006 IMG_1706 IMG_1707 IMG_1708 IMG_1709 IMG_1712 IMG_1713


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