Candles | Paintings by Gerhard Richter, 1982-1983 / Sonic Youth, 1988

Gerhard Richter, Three Candles, 1982
Gerhard Richter, Two Candles, 1982 / Oil on canvas                                            Gerhard Richter, Two Candles, 1983
 Gerhard Richter, Two Candles, 1982 / Oil on canvas    
 Gerhard Richter, Candle, 1982                                         Gerhard Richter, Two Candles, 1982
 Gerhard Richter, Candle, 1982 
 Gerhard Richter, Skull with Candle, 1983

In 1982 and 1983, Richter made a series of paintings of Candles and Skulls that relate to a
 longstanding tradition of still life memento mori painting. Each composition is most commonly 
based on a photograph taken by Richter in his own studio. Influenced by old master vanitas 
painters such as Georges de La Tour and Francisco de Zurbarán, the artist began to experiment 
with arrangements of candles and skulls placed in varying degrees of natural light, sitting atop
 otherwise barren tables.

Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation, 1988

Sonic Youth used a painting of his for the cover art for their album Daydream Nation in 1988.
 He was a fan of the band and did not charge for the use of his image.
The original, over 7 metres (23 ft) square, is now showcased in Sonic Youth's studio in NYC.


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