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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book (not falsely advertised), August 16, 2011
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After seeing the first review that the book was falsely advertised (i.e. a short catalog instead of a book), I was worried but went ahead with my order anyway. I'm glad I did. The book I received was exactly as pictured (something like 190 pages) and is amazing. It includes essays and images. The images are a little on the small size but are very well done.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book - false advertising!, January 8, 2005
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Allan Cody-Rapport (Clermont, Fl United States) - See all my reviews
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I really like this book. BUT... this is NOT the book that you see when you click on the "See Inside The Book" option above. This book is 44 pages long, and is the catalogue from a gallery show in NY. The book they show in "Look Inside..." is a translation of a german book of 129 pages published by Hatje Cantz. This book has only 9 Richter plates (and a couple of Caspar David Friedrich plates) while the german one has at least twenty, and there maybe a second page of plates listed that isn't accessible through Amazon. Now I really like small gallery publications; the essays are different (but maybe no less obfuscating in their tangential onanism) and the focus is narrower, and I don't want to give the impression that I am disappointed in this book - it's just not the book that I thought I was ordering. Therefore, 4 not 5 stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Enigmatic Gerhard Richter, September 15, 2011
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Gerhard Richter (born 1932) can best be described as 'visual artist'. It would be misleading to label him a painter as his output has not only included photography but also utilizes photography in an unusual manner. He defies classification except to be labeled as and Artist of the highest magnitude. His works include both abstraction and realism and the viewer is at times challenged to recognize the mode of expression or even the hand of the artist of creation!

For those who see Richter as the master of the panoramic views of mysterious subjects viewing the works in this fine volume may at first seem strange. But Gerhard Richter has long been a proponent of landscape painting in the influence of the great landscape artists such as the German Caspar David Friedrich, the Swiss Arnold Böcklin, and the British J.M.W. Turner and John Constable: his own comments include "my landscapes are not only beautiful or nostalgic, with a Romantic or classical suggestion of lost Paradises, but above all 'untruthful'... by untruthful I mean the glorifying way we look at Nature--Nature, which in all its forms is against us, because it knows no meaning, no pity, no sympathy..."

At times Richter paints his landscapes purely from gessoed canvas to brush while at other times his technique is to overpaint photographs with either light washes or with added created commentary that gives the finished image an entirely different meaning. He has painted both black and white townscapes inspired by newspaper articles or photographs as well as lush impastos of heavy paint creating vast seascapes or vistas of mountains or ledges with impossibly visualized distances. He at times seems to be contradictory in his view of nature: the images can vary form Romantic, hazy, foggy atmospheres to raw abstraction strokes that seem at odds with the tranquility of the landscape. His artistic drive seems to respond to the need to show the viewer the rawness of nature uncontrolled by man.

The accompanying essays in the book are brief and pointed and add that necessary aspect of coming closer tot he strange work of Gerhard Richter. This is a powerful collection of images, well worth adding to the library of contemporary art. Grady Harp, September 11
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5.0 out of 5 stars on time and as expected, July 4, 2014
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on time and as expected
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gerhard Richter: Landscapes, June 23, 2014
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Book front had stains but otherwise was in good shape! It was the gift my son and his girlfriend requested for college graduation
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, June 15, 2014
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Love this book. Simply gorgeous from the fabric cover all the way through. Photos and paintings shown that highlight his career.
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Gerhard Richter: Landscapes by Hubertus Butin (Hardcover - July 31, 2011)
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