1994 marks a culmination in the continuous progress of the Abstraktes Bild. The artworks display a magnificent mingling of rare colors providing to the viewer an illusion of easiness and fluidity ignoring the painstaking process applied by the artist.
811-1 is dominated by wide vertical and horizontal curtain-like stripes in emerald green and azure blue over a background of mauve, red and white.
The 2012 sale was in the period of spectacular increased value of Richter's art. My essay before the sale positioned this artwork within the career of the artist :
'In the late 1980s, Gerhard Richter developed a new artistic language in very large sizes. Colors are arranged in complicated networks made up of rows, columns and obliques.
'Claudius, 2.50 x 4 m, which had been discussed in this column but remained unsold in October 2008, is a good example. Gudrun, 2.50 x 2.50 m, dated 1987, was sold for $ 18M including premium at Sotheby's on November 9, 2011.
'His style changed in the early 1990s. His color bleeding using a squeegee for raking large areas is conducive to artistic achievement. The gesture is repeated until the color balance desired by the artist is reached.
'Although each of them is unique in its harmony of colors, these paintings are the result of similar techniques, and the estimates must take into account the dimensions.'
I concentrated later on auction results for that specific 1994 year when 811-2 was catalogued for an auction (it was withdrawn just before its sale). Here is the list (including premium) :
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, discussed above, 250 x 200 cm, sold for £ 10M by Christie's on February 14, 2012.