He belatedly recognized a similarity with Rothko but without sharing the spiritual quest of the latter. Both chose large formats that wrap the viewer into their world. The dissolution of multiple colors in a rigorous set without lines meets a composition plan that may evoke Zao Wou-Ki.
Richter's squeegee offers new possibilities of composition. In 1994 he reaches the culmination of his art by using the extreme fluidity of his oils, ensuring a transparency of the layers that evokes the Zen art by Gaitonde. The artist knows that his wide squeegee could generate chance but in fact his hand retains a full control of his work.
Richter would like also that his art is not influenced by emotion. However, it is no coincidence that his most spectacular and most balanced abstract works were produced in 1994. It is the rare case of a major artist who produced his best in a period of joy and happiness : he decided to stop teaching and will marry his student Sabine, younger than him by 37 years.
To our delight, these large size Abstraktes Bild of 1994 have often been offered at auction. The top five have been discussed in this column:
806 (Wand), 240 x 240 cm, sold for £ 17.5M by Sotheby's on February 12, 2014.
809-1, 225 x 200 cm, sold for $ 21M by Christie's on November 12, 2013.
809-4, 225 x 200 cm, sold for £ 21,3M by Sotheby's on October 12, 2012.
810-1 (Karmin), 200 x 200 cm, sold for £ 9.6M by Christie's on February 11, 2015.
811-1, 250 x 200 cm, sold for £ 10M by Christie's on February 14, 2012.
The above results include the premium.
Another opus comes for sale at Christie's in London on June 29, lot 15 : 811-2, oil on canvas 250 x 200 cm.