This painting, 'Bread on Carpet,' presents a simple still life using the humor and irony common to Robert Richter's oeuvre. The oval loaf is central in the composition, its golden brown color in direct contrast to the blue-gray of the background. such loaves of bread have long been symbols of sustenance and home baking, but are also commonplace in the grocery stores of the 21st century. And while loaves of bread such as this are usually found on the counter-tops of the home kitchen, warm and ready to slice and spread with butter, Richter has removed it and placed it unceremoniously on the floor. This unexpected positioning of common objects is just the tongue-in-cheek strategy that makes Richter's paintings so endearing an surprising.
10 x 13 inches, painting
17 x 20 inches, frame
Titled, dated, signed in pencil & stamped with initial on verso
Housed in a frame of the artist's design and construction