Hans Richter (April 6, 1888 in Berlin – February 1976) was a painter, graphic artist, art writer and film artist.
Hans Richter began his first graphic work at the age of 14. In 1906 he began a study of architecture. Two years later, Richter began his studies at the Academy of Arts in Berlin and from 1909 onwards at the Kunstschule in Weimar.
He was initially oriented towards Cubism and Expressionism.
From 1916 Richter went to Zurich and joined the Dadaists.
In 1921 Richter’s first abstract film was produced.
In 1922 Richter returned to Berlin. During this time he joined the group De Stijl and the Constructivists. A short time later he published the magazine G with Werner Graeff and Mies van der Rohe.
In 1933 he emigrated to Switzerland and in 1940 to the United States. In 1941 he became a lecturer at the College of the City of New York and took over the management of the Filminstitute.
In 1944 he began the preparations for his perhaps most famous work, Dreams that money can buy, the film was finished in 1947. Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Fernand Léger and Man Ray were part of this masterpiece.
Richter resumed painting in the 1960s, while works with historical themes were created.
Richter was one of the most important representatives of early abstract film in Germany.