The Macklowe Collection: Oliver Barker on Richter's Seestück (Seascape), 1975

In this video, join Sotheby's Oliver Baker in an exploration of Gerhard Richter's Seestück [Seascape], to be offered as a highlight of The Macklowe Collection May 2022. Emanating celestial light on a spectacular scale, the divine and immersive beauty of Gerhard Richter’s Seestück [Seascape] is entirely illustrative of the aesthetic and conceptual mastery that have come to define the artist’s revolutionary body of work. Radiating luminescent sunlit hues filtered through a harmonic miasma of soft ephemeral forms, this painting is undeniably indebted to a long and familiar legacy of art historical heritage. Readily evocative of the Romantic and sublime landscapes of Caspar David Friedrich, John Constable’s famous cloud studies, the atmospheric light effects of Turner, as well as drawing on the cloud’s symbolic value as heavenly proxies in Renaissance and Baroque painting, the present work instantly conjures an encompassing transhistorical field of references, whilst remaining resolutely contemporary.

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