In this painting, Robert Richter depicts a view of a hill in winter, with a tree and craggy rocks in the immediate foreground in high contrast to the grey-white of the recent snowfall. Using flat fields of color and by using the edge of the image to crop the dark tree, Richter's composition recalls Japanese woodblock prints. This is particularly fitting given the relationship between the traditional carving techniques for woodcut print blocks and the carving of the present artwork. At the same time, because of this Japonisme, the painting likewise resembles the images that Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen captured of the Flatiron building in New York at the beginning of the twentieth century. Richter's technique of carving his designs into the wood panel support leaves the subject appearing even more like a memory than these Pictorialist photographs.
48 x 36 inches, painting
55 x 43 inches, frame
Titled, dated, signed in pencil & stamped with initial on verso
Housed in a frame of the artist's design and construction