13.2.86 (4). 1986. Pencil drawing. Schwarz 86/21. Center (of image) signed and dated and inscribed "(4)" in lower right. On smooth wove paper. 29.8 x 21 cm (11.7 x 8.2 in), size of sheet. [CH].
• Gerhard Richter's drawings are not merely made as studies in preparation of his paintings: They make for an independent group of artworks and deliver proof of the importance of drawing in the 20th and 21st century. • Over the past couple of years renowned museums dedicated exhibitions to Gerhard Richter's drawings, among them at the Städel Museum, Frankfurt a. M. (2019/2020), the Albertinum in Dresden (2020), at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C. (2014), the Musée du Louvre, Paris (2012), and the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2011). • Other pencil drawings by Gerhard Richter from the late 1980s are at, among others, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the British Museum, London, the Museum Brandhorst, Munich, the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, the Städel Museum, Frankfurt a. M., and the Kunstmuseum Winterthur.
We are grateful to Dr. Dietmar Elger for his kind expert advice.
PROVENANCE: Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich. Galerie Löhrl, Mönchengladbach. Kleinsimlinghaus, Reiff & Associates, Düsseldorf. Galerie Schönewald & Beuse, Krefeld. Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco. Private collection Hesse.
LITERATURE: Ralph Kleinsimlinghaus and Wim Reiff (editors), Collectors Classics (Vol. I). Modern and Contemporary Art, Düsseldorf/Maastricht 1998 (with illu. on p. 113). Dieter Schwarz, Gerhard Richter. Zeichnungen 1964-1999, Düsseldorf 1999, cat. no. 86/21 (with illu. on p. 263).