Gerhard Richter (9th February 1932) is a German visual artist. Richter has produced abstract as well as photorealistic paintings, and also photographs and glass pieces. His art follows the examples of Picasso and Jean Arp in undermining the concept of the artist’s obligation to maintain a single cohesive style.
In October 2012, Richter’s Abstraktes Bild set an auction record price for a painting by a living artist at $34 million. This was exceeded in May 2013 when his 1968 piece Domplatz, Mailand (Cathedral Square, Milan) was sold for $37.1 million in New York. This was further exceeded in February 2015 when his painting Abstraktes Bild sold for $44.52 million in London at Sotheby’s Contemporary Evening Sale