Daniel Richter - Contemporary Artists

Jawohl und Gomorrah

Jawohl und Gomorrah The Saatchi Gallery
 

Daniel Richter

Jawohl und Gomorrah

2001
oil on canvas

225 x 370cm

Daniel Richter’s Jawohl und Gomorrah possesses an operatic quality. Borrowing themes from both Christianity and German history, Richter constructs his contemporary scene with theatrical flair: his figures are staged in Baroque composition, their outlandish costumes and mask-like faces lend an element of surreal spectacle. The fervent emotion of grand drama is carried through Richter’s frenetic style of painting: thick brushwork battles with translucent drizzles and impassioned smears; acid tones are electrified against the sombre ground. Reminiscent of Ensor’s nightmarish crowds, Richter infuses this street scene with apocalyptic celebration.
 
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