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© Gerhard Richter, 2013
Title: Betty
Date: 1988
Artist: Richter Gerhard
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
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.
Signed: on verso, on canvas, l.r., in black marker: Richter / 1988
Provenance
by 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: Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting
Date: February 13, 2002 - January 14, 2003
Venue: Museum of Modern Art, New York
Venue: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Venue: High Museum of Art
Venue: The Art Institute of Chicago
Venue: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Title: Gerhard Richter: Mirrors
Date: April 22, 1991 - June 17, 1991
Venue: Anthony d'Offay Gallery
Title: Total Freedom: Coulor after Klein
Date: June 2 – September 4, 2005
Venue: Barbican Centre
Title: Currents 102: Sarah Oppenheimer
Date: April 11–July 6, 2008
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Gerhard Richter: Panorama
Date: October 6, 2011 - September 30, 2012
Venue: Neue Nationalgalerie
Venue: Tate Modern
Venue: Centre Georges Pompidou - Musée National d'Art Moderne
Title: German Art Now
Date: October 18, 2003 - November 11, 2004
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
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
Title: Gerhard Richter
Date: May 18, 2014 - January 10, 2015
Venue: Fondation Beyeler
Title: Postwar German Art in the Collection
Date: May 01, 2013 - January 26, 2014
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Gerhard Richter Portraits
Date: February 26, 2009 – May 31, 2009
Venue: National Portrait Gallery, London
Title: Deutschlandbilder: Kunst aus einem geteilten Land
Date: September 7, 1997 - January 11, 1998
Venue: Neue Nationalgalerie
Venue: Martin-Gropius-Bau
Title: Gerhard Richter (1991)
Date: October 30, 1991 - January 12, 1992
Venue: Tate Britain
Title: Gerhard Richter (1993-1994)
Date: September 23, 1993 - August 22, 1994
Venue: Musée d'Art Moderne, St. Etienne
Venue: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Venue: Moderna Museet
Venue: Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Publication History
Title: Der Blick ins Innere des Bildes: Ästhetische Illusion bei Gerhard Richter
Periodical Title: Pantheon
Author: Klaus Kruger
Title: Experience Humanities
Author: Roy T. Matthews
Author: F. DeWitt Platt
Author: Thomas F. X. Noble
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: Oltre la bellezza
Author: Federico Vercellone
Title: German Art from Beckmann to Richter: Images of a Divided Country
Publisher: Martin-Gropius-Bau
Editor: Eckhart Gillen
Title: Painting Richter
Periodical Title: Artforum
Author: Rosalind E. Krauss
Author: David Reed
Author: Thomas Struth
Author: Katy Siegel
Author: Daniel Soutif
Author: Peter Halley
Title: Gerhard Richter: Panorama
Year Published: 2011
Title: Gerhard Richter portraits : painting appearances
Author: Paul Moorhouse
Title: Gerhard Richter October 18, 1977
Author: Robert Storr
Publisher: Museum of Modern Art, New York
Title: Gerhard Richter
Publisher: Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Author: Benjamin H. D. Buchloh
Title: German Art: Aspekte deutscher Kunst, 1964-1994
Publisher: Galerie Thaddäus Ropac
Title: Saint Louis Art Museum: Handbook of the Collection
Editor: Mary Ann Steiner
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: The contemporary art book
Author: Charlotte Bonham-Carter
Title: Refashioning the Figure: The Sketchbooks of Archipenko c.1920
Author: Marek Bartelik
Title: Gerhard Richter
Publisher: Tate Britain
Author: Sean Rainbird
Author: Judith Severne
Title: Gerhard Richter: Betty
Periodical Title: Artforum
Author: Jim Lewis
Title: Hand-Made Photographs and Homeless Representation
Periodical Title: October
Author: Thomas Crow
Title: Painting Negation: Gerhard Richter's Negatives
Periodical Title: Art and Design Magzine
Author: Peter Osborne
Title: An Outsider Art: What Painting Can Learn from Photography
Periodical Title: Modern Painters
Author: Jason Oddy
Title: Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting
Publisher: The Art Institute of Chicago
Publisher: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Publisher: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Author: Robert Storr
Publisher: Museum of Modern Art, New York
Title: German Art Deutsche Kunst aus amerikanischer Sicht: Werke aus der Sammlung des Saint Louis Art Museum
Author: Andrea Firmenich
Author: Cornelia Homburg
Author: Dr. Siegfried Gohr
Author: Richard Shiff
Author: Sean Rainbird
Author: Catharina Manchanda
Title: German Art Now
Periodical Title: Saint Louis Art Museum Magazine
Edition: October-December
Year Published: 2003
Title: Thomas Demand, Jeff Wall and Sherrie Levine : deforming 'pictures'
Periodical Title: Art History
Author: Tamara Trodd
Title: Colour After Klein: Re-thinking Colour in Modern and Contemporary Art
Editor: Jane Alison
Title: Helplessness and Beauty In the Vision of a Skeptic
Periodical Title: The New York Times
Author: Michael Kimmelman
Title: Gerhard Richter : a life in painting
Author: Dietmar Elger
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Title: Gerhard Richter: Pictures / Series
Editor: Hans Ulrich Obrist
Publisher: Fondation Beyeler
Title: New at the Museum
Periodical Title: Saint Louis Art Museum Magazine
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: The Next Hundred Years
Periodical Title: The New York Times Magazine
Publisher: The New York Times
Title: Figuratively seeing
Author: Lisa Tung
Publisher: Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Title: Photography and Painting in the Work of Gerhard Richter: Four Essays on Atlas
Author: Rainer Rochlitz
Title: Deutschlandbilder: Kunst aus einem geteilten Land
Year Published: 1997
Title: Gerhard Richter
Publisher: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Author: José Lebrero Stals
Title: Ohne Eigenschaften: Das Porträt bei Gerhard Richter
Author: Susanne Ehrenfried
Title: Gerhard Richter: Sils
Publisher: Museum of Modern Art, New York
Title: The Western Humanities
Author: Roy T. Matthews
Author: F. DeWitt Platt
Title: Gerhard Richter : Mirrors
Publisher: Anthony d'Offay Gallery
Author: Richard Cork
Title: Too Much. The Triumph of High Production Values
Periodical Title: C International Contemporary Art
Author: Gil Blank
Title: Gerhard Richter: Painting After the Subject of History
Author: Benjamin H. D. Buchloh
Title: Quick-Change Master
Periodical Title: Art News
Author: David Galloway
Title: Gerhard Richter: The Day Is Long
Periodical Title: Art in America
Author: Robert Storr
Title: The Portrait and the Crisis in Representational Art
Year Published: 2007
Title: Gerhard Richter: Paintings, Prints, and Photographs in the Collection of The Saint Louis Art Museum
Periodical Title: The Saint Louis Art Museum Bulletin
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Author: Michael E. Shapiro
Title: Painting Into Photography : Photography Into Painting
Publisher: Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
Author: Bonnie Clearwater
Title: German Art Now
Author: Cornelia Homburg
Author: Sean Rainbird
Author: Robin Clark
Author: Catharina Manchanda
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Your Museum Transformed
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Gerhard Richter: Editionen, 1965-1993
Author: Hubertus Butin
Title: Artworld Prestige: Arguing Cultural Value
Author: Timothy Van Laar
Author: Leonard Diepeveen
Title: Spotlight: Gerhard Richter
Periodical Title: Flash Art
Author: Andrew Renton
Title: Gerhard Richter: Panorama: Une Rétrospective
Author: Mark Godfrey
Author: Nicholas Serota
Author: Camille Morineau
Author: Dorothée Brill
Publisher: Centre Georges Pompidou - Musée National d'Art Moderne
Title: Le Musée Des Illusions
Author: Celine Delavaux
Title: Gerhard Richter, Panorama
Periodical Title: Code Couleur 13: Toute L'actualité du Centre Pompidou
Edition: May - August
Year Published: 2012
Title: Gerhard Richter: Panorama: Une Rétrospective
Author: Camille Morineau
Author: Lucia Pesapane
Publisher: Centre Georges Pompidou - Musée National d'Art Moderne
Title: An Artist without a Style
Periodical Title: The Independent Magazine
Author: James Hall
Title: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Painting: Hybridity, Hegemony, Historicism
Editor: Jonathan Harris
Title: jVous Avez Dit Photographie? Guide des Lieux et Activités
Year Published: 2004
Title: Black is, Black Ain't
Year Published: 2013
Title: Pragmatics: Sense and Sentimentality
Periodical Title: Art Issues
Author: Jim Lewis
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