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Gerhard Richter's Kerze

Take a closer look at this illuminating painting by one of our greatest contemporary artists, explored by auctioneer Francis Outred in a short film made for Christies in 2011.  


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Just beautiful, a fantastic painting. I shall certainly be looking at this artists work after Christmas.

Sheila Mason Thu, 23/12/2021 - 12:49 Permalink

Beautiful painting - so very clever to be able to depict light in such a way.

Christine Callow Thu, 23/12/2021 - 12:46 Permalink

Impressed by the superb technique of reproducing such a real impression of candle light

Nadia Ellis Thu, 23/12/2021 - 12:38 Permalink

When I look at this painting I'm reminded of the saying 'Better to light one candle than to curse the darkness'. Masterly.

Pat Thu, 23/12/2021 - 12:31 Permalink

A very convincing flame, most inspiring!

Francesca Bratley Thu, 23/12/2021 - 12:29 Permalink

Of all the Artvent calendar days I love this one the best. It is so simple yet very evocative.
Thank you for this series. It has been magical and I’ve learned along the way.

Heather R Thu, 23/12/2021 - 12:09 Permalink

And I also share David Yates view that how can something which will burn out and disappear ever evoke hope? Surely quite the opposite. It evokes awareness of the mortality, inevitability and insignificance or life. That isn't hope. But it is still beautiful and I love it.

Martin Derham Thu, 23/12/2021 - 11:52 Permalink

It is a fantastic painting and I love it, and yes it does evoke emotion and atmosphere and nostalgia, and yes I would certainly pay for it if I could afford it which I can't. BUT to say it is aware of its own mortality. Really? It is a candle. It isn't aware of anything, even its own transience.

Martin Derham Thu, 23/12/2021 - 11:49 Permalink

Very poignant. A moment of calm in a turbulent world. Thank you.

Chrissie Twigg Thu, 23/12/2021 - 11:43 Permalink

Francis Outred said that this beautiful painting was just as relevant in 2011 - as far as I am concerned it is even more relevant today, ten years on. We all need some hope in our lives.
Jillie Moss

Anonymous Thu, 23/12/2021 - 11:41 Permalink