Photo Gallery: The Lost Works of Gerhard Richter 02/03/2012
  In the years in which these paintings were made, Richter was rebelling...
GERHARD RICHTER, KÖLN - COURTESY GERHARD-RICHTER-ARCHIV DRESDEN

In the years in which these paintings were made, Richter was rebelling against abstraction. He had studied in Dresden, where the style known as Socialist Realism was taught. He fled to the West in 1961, before the Berlin Wall was built. At first, he tried his hand at informal paintings in the western city of Düsseldorf, but he destroyed almost all of these abstract experiments.