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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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The Arts Society Turners Hill recently awarded a grant to Koestler Arts, the UK’s best-known prison arts charity which encourages people in the criminal justice system to change their lives by participating in the arts.

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This is the most exquisite and moving representation of light I have ever seen. It is quite breathtakingly in its intensity and almost transcendent luminosity.
Thank you for each day’s delights, but especially this one.

Gillian Starkey Fri, 24/12/2021 - 17:42 Permalink

So beautiful, I swear I can see it flickering!
Thank you for sharing this and every other treasure in our 2021 advent calendar.

Pam Rudd Fri, 24/12/2021 - 14:55 Permalink

Its is truly wonderful and amazing that a candle in a painting or lit at home on the mantlepiece, can give one so many emotions, to to find others of similar thinking.
So delighted to learn that the ArtVent continuing for a further few days. It has been the HIGHLIGHT of my days, and it has been informative, beautiful, interesting, and all making one think... so thank you so much.

Margaret Willoughby Fri, 24/12/2021 - 14:31 Permalink

Tears flow at the utter beauty and relevance of timeless painting. Thank you from my heart.
Newcastle Australia

Janey Smith Thu, 23/12/2021 - 20:25 Permalink

Mesmerising - look long enough and the candlelight flickers ... very beautiful work of art.

Margaret Thu, 23/12/2021 - 17:55 Permalink

I'm loving that people are reading very different meanings into this painting. I think it shows what a great work it is

Diana Nutting Thu, 23/12/2021 - 14:53 Permalink

I have 18 candles alive in my small dining room and I love them so I the addition of a simple glorious painting was a heart stopping moment of beauty!

Julie Thu, 23/12/2021 - 14:49 Permalink

Hello everyone. Thank you for sharing your comments and thoughts each day. I don't want to spoil what may be a surprise to some, but we have a further 7 Artvent items to share after tomorrow (so up to & including the 31st December), plus something a little extra tomorrow!

We'd originally planned 24, but discovered more content we wanted to share, so thought we'd extend our brief to cover the whole month - it is Artvent not advent after all!
So keep watching for our emails!

editor Thu, 23/12/2021 - 13:20 Permalink

I’ve just returned from a walk with grey skies and a damp atmosphere but as soon as I checked out today’s Artvent, my day was full of light. It is so difficult to depict light and this is so well evoked in Richter’s Kerze. Once again, thank you for all the clips you have sent. This one ranks among the highest and is, for me, a beacon of hope in an anxious world.

Maggie Thu, 23/12/2021 - 13:08 Permalink