Gerhard Richter’s Photo-painting of Lake Lucerne Lead Christie’s Auction
In February 2015, Christie’s will host the Post-War and Contemporary Evening Auction, which is led by Gerhard Richter’s Vierwaldstätter See (Lake Lucerne), 1969, a sublime photo-painting of the famous Swiss Lake, held in the same private collection since 1973 (estimate on request). The painting is the largest of a distinct series of four views of the famous Swiss lake painted by Richter in 1969. Purchased from the artist by the present owner in 1973 after its inclusion in the Grand Art Exhibition at the Haus der Kunst Munich, it stems from a landmark period in Richter’s early oeuvre.
Three further works by Gerhard Richter are also included in the auction spanning three decades of his celebrated practice: Karmin (Carmine), 1994, estimated at £9 – 14 million ($13,5 – 21 million), Abstraktes Bild, 1986, estimated at £1 – 1,5 million ($1,5 – 2,25 million), Abstraktes Bild, 1990, estimated at £3,5 – 4,5 million ($5,26 – 6,76 million).