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Stadtbild TR
Townscape TR

1969 174 cm x 124 cm Catalogue Raisonné: 217/1-3

Oil on canvas

In contrast to the aerial photographs, some of which depict entire areas of towns, the townscapes are from a shorter distance, having been based on photographs of architectural models. Gerhard Richter omits entirely or only hints at details such as windows; the architecture is reduced to basic forms, leaving the distinct geometric shapes of individual buildings clearly recognizable.


The buildings are mainly rendered in light colours, with the prominent shadows in the paintings conveying the impression of bright sunlight. The paint is applied extensively; only some parts, often depicting trees or bushes, show distinct brushwork and additional shades of grey.


The unreal, partly sterile feel of the image can be attributed to both the reduction in detail and the use of an architectural model as the source image.

The three-part work Townscape TR can be considered a high point of the paintings based on architectural models, as suggested by Gerhard Richter himself: 'In this painting the model does not fit together – there is a sense of discontinuity about the image. I think very few of the paintings after architectural models are successful, with the exception of this one. I was able in this painting to achieve a sense of presence. I put the paint on very thickly in black and white, creating with the two a grey. It was quite musical, almost like a fugue.'1

The simplified architectural forms illustrate how, while Gerhard Richter deals with the process of abstraction in this series, the motif always remains identifiable.
The depictions of minimalist architecture of the post-war era reflect an important sociopolitical issue of the 1950s and 1960s. In the course of the rebuilding of war-damaged Germany, new buildings of the kind depicted replaced lost houses. Thus, these paintings illustrate the optimistic fresh start made after the Second World War and can be understood as a counterpoint to the townscapes that are reminiscent of bombed-out cities.

1 Comments on some works, 1991 in: Gerhard Richter: Text. Writings, Interviews and Letters 1961–2007, Thames & Hudson, London, 2009, p. 263

Notes prepared by editorial team

Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany


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This artwork is included in the following publications:

Title Author Date

Publisher

Duke University Press, Durham

Details

Softcover, 163 pages

ISBN

9780822370017

Language

English

Category

Monographs
Artwork Mentioned: pp. 115-117
Unconsolable Contemporary: Observing Gerhard Richter Rabinow, Paul 2017

Publisher

Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern

Details

Hardback, 336 pages

ISBN

9783775739061

ISBN

3775739068

Language

German

Category

Group Exhibitions
Artwork Mentioned: pp. 82
Illustrated: p. 90-91, 261 (colour)

Exhibitions

Published to accompany the exhibition 40 | 10. 40 Jahre Sammlung – 10 Jahre Museum Frieder Burda, this catalogue looks at Burda’s collecting activities over the last 40 years.

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40 / 10: 40 Jahre Sammlung - 10 Jahre Museum Frieder Burda Adriani, Götz / Burda, Frieder / Irrgang, Judith / Kugelmann, Anke / Müller, Hans-Joachim / Pehnt, Wolfgang / Schwarz, Katrin 2014

Publisher

Prestel, München

Editor

Godfrey, Mark / Serota, Nicholas / Brill, Dorothée / Morineau, Camille

Details

Hardback, 305 pages

ISBN

9783791351896

Language

German

Category

Solo Exhibitions
Artwork Mentioned: pp. 74, 74-79

Exhibitions

Gerhard Richter: Panorama: Retrospektive Godfrey, Mark / Serota, Nicholas / Brill, Dorothée / Morineau, Camille / Borchardt-Hume, Achim / Dickson, Amy / Haidu, Rachel / Mehring, Christine 2012

Publisher

Édition du Centre Pompidou, Paris

Editor

Godfrey, Mark / Serota, Nicholas / Brill, Dorothée / Morineau, Camille

Details

Hardback, 304 pages

ISBN

978-2844265746

ISBN

284426574X

Language

French English

Category

Solo Exhibitions
Artwork Discussed: pp. 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 81

Exhibitions

Gerhard Richter, Panorama: une rétrospective = a retrospective Godfrey, Mark / Serota, Nicholas / Brill, Dorothée / Morineau, Camille / Borchardt-Hume, Achim / Dickson, Amy / Haidu, Rachel / Mehring, Christine 2012

Publisher

Tate Publishing, London

Details

Softcover, 288 pages

ISBN

1854379453

ISBN

978-1854379450

Language

English

Category

Solo Exhibitions
Artwork Discussed: pp. 74 (74-78)

Exhibitions

Gerhard Richter: Panorama: A Retrospective Godfrey, Mark / Serota, Nicholas / Brill, Dorothée / Morineau, Camille / Borchardt-Hume, Achim / Dickson, Amy / Haidu, Rachel / Mehring, Christine 2011

Publisher

Kerber, Bielefeld

Details

Hardback, 367 pages

ISBN

9783866786028

Language

German

Category

Group Exhibitions
Artwork Illustrated: p. 248, 249 (colour)

Exhibitions

Nie wieder störungsfrei! Aachen Avantgarde seit 1964 Franzen, Brigitte 2011

Publisher

Marsilio, Venezia

Details

Softcover, 219 pages

ISBN

9788831711128

Language

Italian

Category

Monographs
Artwork Mentioned: pp. 71, 118
Il bordo del mondo: La forma sguardo nella pittura di Gerhard Richter Garbin, Emanuele 2011

Publisher

Tate Publishing, London

Details

Softcover, 96 pages

ISBN

9781854379641

Language

English

Category

Monographs
Artwork Discussed: pp. 65-69

In this publication, eminent American scholar and curator Robert Storr offers an authoritative consideration of September, Richter’s 2005 painting made in response to the attacks on the WorldTrade Center of 11 September 2001,

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September. A History Painting by Gerhard Richter Storr, Robert 2010

Publisher

Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern-Ruit

Details

Softcover, 112 pages

ISBN

9783775726726

Language

German

Category

Group Exhibitions
Artwork Illustrated: p. 12 (colour)

Exhibitions

'Die Bilder tun was mit mir …'. Einblicke in die Sammlung Frieder Burda Ammann, Jean-Christophe / Kamp, Patricia 2010

Publisher

University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

Details

Hardback, 408 pages

ISBN

9780226203232

Language

English

Category

Monographs
Artwork Mentioned: pp. 158, 201

Gerhard Richter has been widely regarded as a publicity shy artist. However, the biography Gerhard Richter. A Life in Painting gives an insight into Richter’s personal history as well as into the development of his artistic œuvre.

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Gerhard Richter. A Life in Painting Elger, Dietmar 2009

In

The Telegraph

Issue

20 September 2008, p. 54 - 59

Language

English

Category

Newspaper Articles
Artwork
Gerhard Richter. Behind the Pictures Gayford, Martin 2008

Publisher

Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern-Ruit

Details

Hardback, 184 pages

ISBN

9783775721363

Language

German

Category

Solo Exhibitions
Artwork Mentioned: pp. 165
Illustrated: p. 76, 77 (colour)

Exhibitions

The catalogue Gerhard Richter: Bilder aus privaten Sammlungen was published to coincide with exhibitions in Baden-Baden, Beijing, Edinburgh, Vienna and Duisburg in 2008 and 2009.

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Gerhard Richter. Bilder aus privaten Sammlungen Adriani, Götz / Schwarz, Dieter 2008

Publisher

Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern-Ruit

Details

Hardback, 230 pages

Language

Chinese German

Category

Solo Exhibitions
Artwork Illustrated: p. 84, 85 (colour)

Exhibitions

Gerhard Richter: Bilder 1963 – 2007 is the catalogue published to coincide with the exhibition at the National Art Museum in Beijing in 2008.

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Gerhard Richter. Bilder 1963 - 2007 Adriani, Götz / Elger, Dietmar 2008

Publisher

Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern-Ruit

Details

Hardback, 160 pages

ISBN

3775722483

Language

German

Category

Solo Exhibitions
Artwork Mentioned: pp. 137

Exhibitions

The book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Gerhard Richter. Abstrakte Bilder at Museum Ludwig, Cologne and Haus der Kunst, Munich. The exhibitions were dedicated to Gerhard Richter’s abstract pictures

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Gerhard Richter: Abstrakte Bilder Wilmes, Ulrich / Buchloh, Benjamin H. D. / Söntgen, Beate / Stemmrich, Gregor 2008

Publisher

Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern-Ruit

Details

Hardback, 160 pages

ISBN

9783775722490

Language

English

Category

Solo Exhibitions
Artwork Mentioned: pp. 137

Exhibitions

The book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Gerhard Richter. Abstrakte Bilder at Museum Ludwig, Cologne and Haus der Kunst, Munich. The exhibitions were dedicated to Gerhard Richter’s abstract pictures

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Gerhard Richter. Large Abstracts Wilmes, Ulrich / Buchloh, Benjamin H. D. / Söntgen, Beate / Stemmrich, Gregor 2008

Publisher

DuMont, Köln

Details

Softcover, 415 pages

ISBN

9783832190651

Language

German

Category

Monographs

Notes

Corrected and extended new edition.

Artwork Mentioned: pp. 225

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Gerhard Richter, Maler Elger, Dietmar 2008
Die deutschen Beiträge zur Biennale Venedig, 1895-2007 Zeller, Ursula 2007

Publisher

Hatje Cantz, Ostildern-Ruit

Details

Hardback, 224 pages

ISBN

9783775717243

Language

German

Category

Monographs
Artwork Mentioned: pp. 59

Exhibitions

Gerhard Richter. Portraits is the first publication that focuses solely on Richter’s portraits, many of which have now gained both recognition and veneration across the globe.

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Gerhard Richter. Portraits Gronert, Stefan / Butin, Hubertus 2006

Publisher

Richter Verlag, Düsseldorf in association with D.A.P Distributed Art Publishers, New York, NY

Details

Hardback, 324 pages

ISBN

9783937572215

ISBN

393757221X

Language

English

Category

Solo Exhibitions
Artwork Mentioned: pp. 28

Exhibitions

This catalogue raisonné records Richter’s works in the years 1993-2004. In his work, Gerhard Richter calls into question painting's boundaries, and the labels applied to painting and theories connected with them.

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Gerhard Richter. Catalogue Raisonné 1993–2004 Zweite, Armin 2005

Publisher

DuMont, Köln

Details

Hardback, 224 pages

ISBN

978-3-8321-7495-8

ISBN

3-8321-7495-8

Language

German

Category

Group Exhibitions
Artwork Illustrated: p. 105 (colour)

Exhibitions

German Art. Deutsche Kunst aus amerikanischer Sicht. Werke aus der Sammlung des Saint Louis Art Museum Firmenich, Andrea / Homburg, Cornelia 2004

Publisher

Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern-Ruit

Details

Hardback, 256 pages

ISBN

3775714650

Language

German

Category

Group Exhibitions
Artwork Illustrated: p. 174, 175 (colour)

Exhibitions

Sammlung Frieder Burda [anläßlich der Eröffnung des von Richard Meiner entworfenen Museumsneubaus, Oktober 2004 in Baden-Baden] Burda, Frieder / Gallwitz, Klaus / Greschat, Isabel / Ashton, Dore / Sies, Werner / Shiff, Richard / Storr, Robert / Curiger, Bice / Bastian, Aeneas 2004

Publisher

Merrell Publishers, London

Details

Hardback, 160 pages

ISBN

1858942357

Language

English

Category

Group Exhibitions
Artwork Illustrated: p. 87 (colour)

Exhibitions

German Art Now Steiner, Mary Ann 2003

Publisher

DuMont, Köln

Details

Hardback, 420 pages

ISBN

9783832158484

Language

German

Category

Monographs
Artwork Mentioned: pp. 250

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Publisher

Gli Ori, Prato

Details

Softcover, 205 pages

ISBN

8887700079

Language

Italian English

Category

Solo Exhibitions
Artwork Mentioned: pp. 16, 30, 169, 171, 179, 181

Exhibitions

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Publisher

Insel-Verlag, Frankfurt a. M.

Details

Softcover, 172 pages

ISBN

345833937X

Language

German

Category

Monographs
Artwork Mentioned: pp. 53, 54
Gerhard Richter, 18. Oktober 1977. Eine Kunst-Monographie Hemken, Kai-Uwe 1998

Publisher

Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern-Ruit

Details

Hardback, 311 pages

ISBN

3893228608

Language

English German

Category

Group Exhibitions
Artwork Mentioned: pp. 17, 24, 287
Discussed: pp. 38, 48-49
Illustrated: p. 73 (colour)

Exhibitions

Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Arnulf Rainer. Sammlung Frieder Burda = Collection Frieder Burda Poetter, Jochen / Brehm, Margrit / Möckel, Birgit 1996

Publisher

Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern-Ruit

ISBN

3893225544

Language

German English French

Category

Solo Exhibitions

Notes

Three-volume box set.

Artwork

Exhibitions

Three-volume box set. Vol. 1: Illustrated works in exhibition. This volume (196 pp) contains approximately 92 four-colour and black and white plates (272 total works reproduced),

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Gerhard Richter: Catalogue Raisonné 1962 - 1993 Pagé, Suzanne / Jacob, Wenzel / Springfield, Björn / König, Kasper / Buchloh, Benjamin H. D. 1993

Publisher

Tate Publishing, London

Details

144 pages

ISBN

9781854370846

Language

English

Category

Solo Exhibitions
Artwork Mentioned: pp. 27, 126
Illustrated: p. 53 (colour)

Exhibitions

Gerhard Richter Rainbird, Sean / Severne, Judith 1991
Gerhard Richter. Bilder = Paintings 1962 - 1985 Harten, Jürgen / Hering, Karl-Heinz / Honisch, Dieter / Loock, Ulrich / Ronte, Dieter / Elger, Dietmar 1986

Publisher

Waisenhaus-Buchdruckerei und Verlag, Braunschweig

Details

Softcover, 230 pages

Language

German

Category

Group Exhibitions
Artwork Illustrated: p. 118-119 (b/w)

Exhibitions

Museum? Museum! Museum. Kunst von heute aus Hamburger Privatsammlungen Schilling, Jürgen / Peters, Babette / Hofmann, Werner / Gercken, Günther 1985

Publisher

Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen

Details

Softcover, 108 pages

Language

German

Category

Solo Exhibitions
Artwork Illustrated: p. 50, 51 (b/w)

Exhibitions

Gerhard Richter. Bilder aus den Jahren 1962-1974 Grüterich, Marlis / Schneckenburger, Manfred 1975

Publisher

Museum Folkwang, Essen

Details

Hardback, 154 pages

Language

Italian German English

Category

Solo Exhibitions
Artwork Mentioned: pp. 10-11, 41
Illustrated: p. 66, 80-81 (b/w)

Exhibitions

Gerhard Richter. 36. Biennale di Venezia, Padiglione tedesco = 36. Biennale in Venedig, Deutscher Pavilion = 36. Biennale in Venice, German Pavilion Honisch, Dieter / Helms, Dietrich / Honnef, Klaus / Ohff, Heinz / Dienst, Rolf Gunther / Schön, Rolf / Polke, Sigmar 1972

Publisher

Lipp, München

Details

Softcover, 210 pages

Language

German

Category

Group Exhibitions
Artwork Mentioned: pp. 157

Exhibitions

Malerei nach Fotografie. Von der Camera Obscura bis zur Pop Art. Eine Dokumentation Schmoll, Josef A. 1970

Publisher

Gegenverkehr e.V., Aachen, Zentrum für aktuelle Kunst, Aachen

Details

Softcover, 23 pages

Language

German

Category

Solo Exhibitions
Artwork

Exhibitions

Gerhard Richter Honnef, Klaus 1969