Painting, graphics, ceramics, drawing, sculpture and photography. The Danish artist Richard
Winther (1926-2007) worked and experimented in various fields and photography was one of them– an important one.
Winther explored the medium intensively. During the years he pursued diverse subject matters in series that put genres, portraits, bodies, places, landscapes, biblical narratives, fantasies and himself into play through an immense variety of compositions. A part of his questioning led him to study personalities in the history of photography, such as Nicéphore Niépces, and to approach the artistic medium from a technical perspective to the extend where he build several cameras.
In a recent essay about Richard Winther the Danish art historian Rune Gade describes his importance:
"Even though Winther´s main focus was painting and sculpture, he was indisputably a pioneer – also when viewed internationally – in photography; and his literary output too is something completely on its own, both in a Danish context and internationally"1
Very few Danish modernists approached and continuously worked with photography as an artistic medium2. Also at this point did Richard Winther demonstrate that he was one of a kind.
Richard Winther is represented in the collections of The National Gallery of Denmark, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg and Museum Jorn among others.
1 Rune Gade: Pictorial Worlds – On richard Winther's photography. In exhibition catalogue, Richard Winther Photography. Museum Jorn 2010, p. 62.
2 Jacob Thage: My WC is a Cathedral – On Richard Winther's Use of the Camera. In exhibition catalogue, Richard Winther Photography. Museum Jorn 2010, p. 14.