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Man Shot Down 1, 1988 by Gerhard Richter | | WahooArt.com

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Artworks , Man Shot Down 1 , 1988 By Gerhard Richter
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Artworks , Man Shot Down 1 , 1988 By Gerhard Richter

"Man Shot Down 1"

Gerhard Richter - Oil On Canvas - 100 x 140 cm - 1988

"For most of his career, Richter avoided political motifs in his work. A notable exception is the series October 18, 1977, in which he depicts radical Baader-Meinhof terrorists who inexplicably died in jail (it remains unclear to this day whether these young radicals committed suicide or were murdered by the police). In Erschossener 1 (Man Shot Down 1), Richter has used a photographic reference to create a blurred, monochromatic painting of a dead inmate. The morbid scene might be said to exemplify the vanity behind the terrorists' actions
at the same time, the persistent obscurity of the image replicates the eternal mystery behind the inmates' deaths, as well as the impossibility of securely capturing truth in any one canvas."






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