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Betty

Betty

Betty

Betty

Date: 1988

Artist: Gerhard Richter, German, born 1932

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
40 1/4 x 28 1/2 in. (102.2 x 72.4 cm)
Credit Line: Funds given by Mr. and Mrs. R. Crosby Kemper Jr. through the Crosby Kemper Foundations, The Arthur and Helen Baer Charitiable Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Van-Lear Black III, Anabeth Calkins and John Weil, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Wolff, the Honorable and Mrs. Thomas F. Eagleton; Museum Purchase, Dr. and Mrs. Harold J. Joseph, and Mrs. Edward Mallinckrodt, by exchange
Object Number: 23:1992
Classification: PAINTINGS
Current Location:On View, Gallery 251
Notes:Gerhard Richter based this painting on a 1978 photograph he took of his daughter Betty when she was 11 years old. The girl’s position is partially posed, but also spontaneous as she turns away from the viewer. Richter combines the softness of her hair with the precise rendering of her flowered jacket in a work that blurs the distinctions between painting and photography. The formal elegance and psychological ambiguity evident here make "Betty" one of Richter’s most captivating works.
Provenanceby 1991 - 1992
Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, England, acquired from the artist [1]

1992 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Anthony d'Offay Gallery [2]


Notes:
[1] The first public exhibition of "Betty" was at Anthony d'Offay Gallery on April 22, 1991 ["Gerhard Richter: Mirrors." London: Anthony d'Offay Gallery, 1991, cat. no. 1]. A catalogue for the exhibition and a label on the back of the canvas support this provenance ["Gerhard Richter". London: Tate Gallery, 1991, cat. no. 49]. Furthermore, the bill of sale from Anthony d'Offay Gallery dated March 27, 1992 states that the gallery acquired the painting from the artist [SLAM document files].

[2] Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, March 18, 1992.
Exhibition History
Title: German Art Now
Date: October 18, 2003 - November 11, 2004
Venue: SLAM

Title: Gerhard Richter: Mirrors
Date: April 22, 1991 - June 17, 1991
Venue: Anthony d'Offay Gallery

Title: Gerhard Richter (1993-1994)
Date: September 23, 1993 - August 22, 1994
Venue: Musée d'Art Moderne, St. Etienne
Venue: Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Venue: Moderna Museet
Venue: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Title: Currents 102: Sarah Oppenheimer
Date: April 11–July 6, 2008
Venue: SLAM

Title: Deutschlandbilder: Kunst aus einem geteilten Land
Date: September 7, 1997 - January 11, 1998
Venue: Neue Nationalgalerie
Venue: Martin-Gropius-Bau

Title: Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting
Date: February 13, 2002 - January 14, 2003
Venue: MOMA
Venue: AIC
Venue: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Venue: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Venue: High Museum of Art

Title: Gerhard Richter (1991)
Date: October 30, 1991 - January 12, 1992
Venue: Tate Britain

Title: Gerhard Richter Portraits
Date: February 26, 2009 – May 31, 2009
Venue: National Portrait Gallery

Title: Postwar German Art in the Collection
Date: May 01, 2013 - January 26, 2014
Venue: SLAM

Title: Total Freedom: Coulor after Klein
Date: June 2 – September 4, 2005
Venue: Barbican Centre

Title: Gerhard Richter
Date: May 18, 2014 - January 10, 2015
Venue: BEYELER

Title: Gerhard Richter: Panorama
Date: October 6, 2011 - September 30, 2012
Venue: Tate Modern
Venue: Neue Nationalgalerie
Venue: Centre Georges Pompidou - Musée National d'Art Moderne

Title: German Art Deutsche Kunst aus amerikanischer Sicht: Werke aus der Sammlung des Saint Louis Art Museum
Date: September 14 - November 14, 2004
Venue: Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt

Publication History
Title: Saint Louis Art Museum: Handbook of the Collection
Year Published: 2004

Title: Experience Humanities
Edition: Fourth
Year Published: 2014

Title: New at the Museum
Periodical Title: Saint Louis Art Museum Magazine
Edition: November-December
Year Published: 1992

Title: An Outsider Art: What Painting Can Learn from Photography
Periodical Title: Modern Painters
Edition: Summer
Year Published: 2000

Title: Black is, Black Ain't
Year Published: 2013

Title: Gerhard Richter: Painting After the Subject of History
Year Published: 1994

Title: Quick-Change Master
Periodical Title: Art News
Edition: March
Year Published: 2002

Title: Gerhard Richter: The Day Is Long
Periodical Title: Art in America
Edition: January
Year Published: 2002

Title: The Portrait and the Crisis in Representational Art
Year Published: 2007

Title: Your Museum Transformed
Year Published: 2013

Title: The contemporary art book
Year Published: 2009

Title: Gerhard Richter: Paintings, Prints, and Photographs in the Collection of The Saint Louis Art Museum
Periodical Title: The Saint Louis Art Museum Bulletin
Edition: summer
Year Published: 1992

Title: Artworld Prestige: Arguing Cultural Value
Year Published: 2013

Title: Too Much. The Triumph of High Production Values
Periodical Title: C International Contemporary Art
Edition: Fall 2002
Year Published: 2002

Title: Painting Richter
Periodical Title: Artforum
Edition: Summer
Year Published: 2002

Title: Photography and Painting in the Work of Gerhard Richter: Four Essays on Atlas
Year Published: 2000

Title: Gerhard Richter : Mirrors
Year Published: 1991

Title: Helplessness and Beauty In the Vision of a Skeptic
Periodical Title: The New York Times
Edition: February 15
Year Published: 2002

Title: Gerhard Richter: Pictures / Series
Year Published: 2014

Title: Deutschlandbilder: Kunst aus einem geteilten Land
Year Published: 1997

Title: Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting
Year Published: 2002

Title: Gerhard Richter: Editionen, 1965-1993
Year Published: 1993

Title: Gerhard Richter, Panorama
Periodical Title: Code Couleur 13: Toute L'actualité du Centre Pompidou
Edition: May - August
Year Published: 2012

Title: Pragmatics: Sense and Sentimentality
Periodical Title: Art Issues
Edition: September/October
Year Published: 1992

Title: Ohne Eigenschaften: Das Porträt bei Gerhard Richter
Year Published: 1997

Title: Oltre la bellezza
Year Published: 2008

Title: German Art: Aspekte deutscher Kunst, 1964-1994
Year Published: 1994

Title: German Art Deutsche Kunst aus amerikanischer Sicht: Werke aus der Sammlung des Saint Louis Art Museum
Year Published: 2004

Title: Gerhard Richter: Panorama: Une Rétrospective
Year Published: 2012

Title: Hand-Made Photographs and Homeless Representation
Periodical Title: October
Year Published: 1993

Title: German Art Now
Year Published: 2003

Title: Painting Negation: Gerhard Richter's Negatives
Periodical Title: Art and Design Magzine
Year Published: 1992

Title: Gerhard Richter: Panorama: Une Rétrospective
Year Published: 2012

Title: Gerhard Richter
Year Published: 1994

Title: Gerhard Richter October 18, 1977
Year Published: 2000

Title: Colour After Klein: Re-thinking Colour in Modern and Contemporary Art
Year Published: 2005

Title: German Art from Beckmann to Richter: Images of a Divided Country
Year Published: 1997

Title: Der Blick ins Innere des Bildes: Ästhetische Illusion bei Gerhard Richter
Periodical Title: Pantheon
Year Published: 1995

Title: Painting Into Photography : Photography Into Painting
Year Published: 1996

Title: Gerhard Richter: Panorama
Year Published: 2011

Title: Figuratively seeing
Year Published: 2009

Title: Gerhard Richter
Year Published: 1991

Title: An Artist without a Style
Periodical Title: The Independent Magazine
Edition: April 20
Year Published: 1991

Title: Gerhard Richter: Sils
Year Published: 2002

Title: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Painting: Hybridity, Hegemony, Historicism
Year Published: 2003

Title: On View: Visitors Must See Something New with Every Visit
Periodical Title: Saint Louis Art Museum Magazine
Edition: September-October
Year Published: 1997

Title: The Next Hundred Years
Periodical Title: The New York Times Magazine
Edition: September 29
Year Published: 1996

Title: Le Musée Des Illusions
Year Published: 2012

Title: Gerhard Richter
Year Published: 1993

Title: Thomas Demand, Jeff Wall and Sherrie Levine : deforming 'pictures'
Periodical Title: Art History
Edition: 5
Year Published: 2009

Title: German Art Now
Periodical Title: Saint Louis Art Museum Magazine
Edition: October-December
Year Published: 2003

Title: Refashioning the Figure: The Sketchbooks of Archipenko c.1920
Year Published: 2003

Title: The Western Humanities
Edition: 6
Year Published: 2008

Title: Spotlight: Gerhard Richter
Periodical Title: Flash Art
Edition: Summer
Year Published: 1991

Title: jVous Avez Dit Photographie? Guide des Lieux et Activités
Year Published: 2004

Title: Gerhard Richter portraits : painting appearances
Year Published: 2009

Title: Gerhard Richter : a life in painting
Year Published: 2009

Title: Gerhard Richter: Betty
Periodical Title: Artforum
Edition: September
Year Published: 1993

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