Haggadah (P2), 2006/2013

One of the most celebrated artists to emerge from post-war Germany, Gerhard Richter is known for his varied and widely influential painting practice. He has explored the relationship between photography and painting, making figurative canvases based on found images and abstractions that incorporate the visual effects of photography. Layering and erasure are central to Richter’s practice. Haggadah is based on an oil painting from 2006 and consists of layers of yellow, grey, red and blue paint that bleed into each other. The process involves the use of a squeegee which he uses to drag, scrape and smear paint across the canvas. The tool removes all trace of brushstroke and creates instead a smooth surface of shimmering colour.