Daniel Richter, German, 1962 -
Born: Eutin, Germany
Work Locations: Berlin, Germany, Hamburg, Germany
oil on canvas
Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum

Daniel Richter, D.P. II, 2007—08. Oil paint on canvas; 110 3/8 x 137 3/4 in.
Denver Art Museum: Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum, 2016.64.
© Daniel Richter

This object is currently on view
image height: 110 3/8 in, 280.3525 cm; image width: 137 3/4 in, 349.8850 cm; frame depth: 1 5/8 in, 4.1275 cm; travel frame height: 118 1/2 in, 300.9900 cm; travel frame width: 148 in, 375.9200 cm; frame height: 111 1/2 in, 283.2100 cm; frame width: 139
Modern and Contemporary Art
Modern and Contemporary Art

Dancing between nightmare and fantasy, Daniel Richter’s belligerent brushwork conveys a complex web of anxiety and popular imagery, taken from comic books and newspapers, intertwined with art historical references that aim to transport the viewer into a timeless universe. While his technique is skillfully controlled, his work reflects an apocalyptical panic alienation and mistrust of the contemporary world. Setting a magical stage of glowing, organic texture and color, Richter conjures tantalizing fables both petrifying and seductive. In this painting, Richter’s dark, somber colors are intensified through bright neon pops of color illuminating from the canvas, providing enough light to make out shapes, but not enough to decode the identity of the figures. His feverish layering of paint mimics the morphing of metaphors, parable, and characters of the past with those of the present. 

Daniel Richter was born in Lütjenburg, Germany in 1962, and currently lives and works in Berlin. He studied painting at the Hamburg Hochschule für bildende Künste.

Known Provenance
Purchased 2008 from Regen Projects, Los Angeles by Vicki and Kent Logan; gifted 2016 by Vicki and Kent Logan to Denver Art Museum
Exhibition History
  • "Daniel Richter: A Major Survey"—Denver Art Museum [10/04/2008 - 01/11/2009]
  • “Stampede: Animals in Art” — Denver Art Museum, 9/10/2017
  • “Disruption: Works from the Vicki and Kent Logan Collection” — Denver Art Museum, 1/13/2022

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