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100 Gerhard Richter Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Gerhard Richter Sayings: I pursue no intentions, no directions; I have no program, no style and no mission. I pursue no intentions, no directions; I have no program, no style and no mission.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: I wanted to say something different: the pictures are also a leave-taking, in several respects. I wanted to say something different: the pictures are also a leave-taking, in several respects. Factually: these specific persons are dead; as a general statement, death is leave-taking. And then ideologically: a leave-taking from a specific doctrine of salvation and, beyond that, from the illusion that unacceptable circumstances of life can be changed by this conventional expedient of violent struggle.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: Every museum is full of nice things. That's the opposite of before. It was important Every museum is full of nice things. That's the opposite of before. It was important things or serious things. Now we have interesting things.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: Of course, pictures of objects also have this transcendental side to them. Every object, being Of course, pictures of objects also have this transcendental side to them. Every object, being part of an ultimately incomprehensible world, also embodies that world; when represented in a picture, the object conveys this mystery all the more powerfully, the less of a 'function' the picture has. Hence, for instance, the growing fascination of many beautiful old portraits.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: Everything has a reason, including the selection of the photos, which was not arbitrary but Everything has a reason, including the selection of the photos, which was not arbitrary but appropriate to the period, its highs and lows and my sense of them.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: It is a danger to wait around for an idea to occur to you. You It is a danger to wait around for an idea to occur to you. You have to find the idea.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: But I would like to reach the point where I could cut up an illustrated But I would like to reach the point where I could cut up an illustrated magazine at random and see to it that the parts would each become a painting. I cannot properly explain it right now. Already now I am searching for the most boring and irrelevant photo material that I can find. And I would like to get to the point soon where this determined irrelevance could be retained, in favor of something that would be covered up otherwise by artifice.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: The reason these paintings are destined for New York is not because I am disappointed The reason these paintings are destined for New York is not because I am disappointed about a lack of German interest, but because MoMA asked me, and because I consider it to be the best museum in the world.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: Art should be serious, not a joke. I don't like to laugh about art. Art should be serious, not a joke. I don't like to laugh about art.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: I have no time for specialized concerns, working themes or variations that lead to mastery I have no time for specialized concerns, working themes or variations that lead to mastery ... I like the indefinite, the boundless; I like continual uncertainty. Other qualities may be more conducive to achievement, publicity, success; but they are all outworn - as outworn as ideologies, opinions, concepts and names for things.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: I never worked at painting as if it were a job; it was always out I never worked at painting as if it were a job; it was always out of interest or for fun, a desire to try something.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: Architecture was, or is, a kind of hobby, an inclination I have to fiddling around Architecture was, or is, a kind of hobby, an inclination I have to fiddling around and building things. Putting up shelves or cupboards, or making tools, or designing houses ... it always has a functional or social motivation. If social changes are in the air, I am gripped immediately by the desire to build, and I think that I accelerate or anticipate changes in my life by doing so, at least in draft. In the case of my house, that was anticipation: in other words, first build, then change one's life.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: This superficial blurring has something to do with the incapacity I have just mentioned. I This superficial blurring has something to do with the incapacity I have just mentioned. I can make no statement about reality clearer than my own relationship to reality; and this has a great deal to do with imprecision, uncertainty, transience, incompleteness, or whatever. But this doesn't explain the pictures. At best it explains what led to their being painted.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: If, while I'm painting, I distort or destroy a motif, it is not a planned If, while I'm painting, I distort or destroy a motif, it is not a planned or conscious act, but rather it has a different justification: I see the motif, the way I painted it, is somehow ugly or unbearable. Then I try to follow my feelings and make it attractive. And that means a process of painting, changing or destroying - for however long it takes - until I think it has improved. And I don't demand an explanation from myself as to why this is so.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: I didn't actually know what the protesters in the West really wanted. It was fantastic I didn't actually know what the protesters in the West really wanted. It was fantastic here, so much freedom, and that was what they were calling musty, middle-class, and fascistic, a bleak period. Bleak was what the GDR was, and it alone had adopted, almost unchanged, Nazi Germany's methods of intimidation and ideas about propaganda and the use of force.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: It was not possible for us to produce the same optimism and the same kind It was not possible for us to produce the same optimism and the same kind of humour or irony. Actually, it was not irony. Lichtenstein is not ironic but he does have a special kind of humour. That's how I could describe it: humour and optimism. For Polke and me, everything was more fragmented. But how it was broken up is hard to describe.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: I originally came from Dresden, where Socialist Realism prevailed. Konrad Lueg and I came up I originally came from Dresden, where Socialist Realism prevailed. Konrad Lueg and I came up with it, for the most part ironically, since I now live in capitalism. It was certainly 'realism', but in another form - the capitalist form, as it were. It wasn't meant that seriously. It was more a slogan for that particular Happening at a furniture store.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: That was a piece I did in 1963 with Konrad Lueg in a department store, That was a piece I did in 1963 with Konrad Lueg in a department store, in the furniture department. It was announced in some papers as an exhibition opening, but the people who came didn't know that it was to be a sort of Happening. I don't think it is quite right that it has become so famous anyhow. It was just a lot of fun, and the word itself, Capitalist Realism, hit just right. But it wasn't such a big deal.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: They are specific places I have discovered here and there when I am on the They are specific places I have discovered here and there when I am on the road to take photos. I go especially to take photos.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: These pictures possibly give rise to questions of political content or historical truth. Neither interests These pictures possibly give rise to questions of political content or historical truth. Neither interests me in this instance. And although even my motivation for painting them is probably of no significance, I am trying to put a name to it here, as an articulation, parallel to the pictures, as it were, of my disquiet and of my opinion.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: Well, I don't believe there are subjects that can't be painted, but there are a Well, I don't believe there are subjects that can't be painted, but there are a lot of things that I personally can't paint.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: The photograph is the most perfect picture. It does not change; it is absolute, and The photograph is the most perfect picture. It does not change; it is absolute, and therefore autonomous, unconditional, devoid of style. Both in its way of informing, and in what it informs of, it is my source.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: I believe that the quintessential task of every painter in any time has been to I believe that the quintessential task of every painter in any time has been to concentrate on the essential.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: What attracted me about my mirrors was the idea of having nothing manipulated in them. What attracted me about my mirrors was the idea of having nothing manipulated in them. A piece of bought mirror. Just hung there, without any addition, to operate immediately and directly. Even at the risk of being boring. Mere demonstration. The mirrors, and even more the Panes of Glass, were also certainly directed against Duchamp, against his Large Glass.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: Landscapes or still-lifes I paint in between the abstract works; they constitute about one-tenth of Landscapes or still-lifes I paint in between the abstract works; they constitute about one-tenth of my production. On the one hand they are useful, because I like to work from nature - although I do use a photograph - because I think that any detail from nature has a logic I would like to see in abstraction as well.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: To talk about paintings is not only difficult but perhaps pointless too. You can only To talk about paintings is not only difficult but perhaps pointless too. You can only express in words what words are capable of expressing
what language can communicate. Painting has nothing to do with that.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: The grey paintings, for example, a painted grey surface, completely monochromatic - they come from The grey paintings, for example, a painted grey surface, completely monochromatic - they come from a motivation, or result from a state, that was very negative. It has a lot to do with hopelessness, depression and such things. But it has to be turned on its head in the end, and has to come to a form where these paintings possess beauty. And in this case, it's not a carefree beauty, but rather a serious one.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: I don't believe in the reality of painting, so I use different styles like clothes: I don't believe in the reality of painting, so I use different styles like clothes: it's a way to disguise myself.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: Picturing things, taking a view, is what makes us human; art is making sense and Picturing things, taking a view, is what makes us human; art is making sense and giving shape to that sense. It is like the religious search for God.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: I like everything that has no style: dictionaries, photographs, nature, myself and my paintings. (Because I like everything that has no style: dictionaries, photographs, nature, myself and my paintings. (Because style is violent, and I am not violent.)
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: I go to the studio every day, but I don't paint every day. I love I go to the studio every day, but I don't paint every day. I love playing with my architectural models. I love making plans. I could spend my life arranging things.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: Art is the pure realization of religious feeling, capacity for faith, longing for God ... Art is the pure realization of religious feeling, capacity for faith, longing for God ... The ability to believe is our outstanding quality, and only art adequately translates it into reality. But when we assuage our need for faith with an ideology we court disaster.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: The painter sees the semblance of things and repeats it. That is, without fabricating the The painter sees the semblance of things and repeats it. That is, without fabricating the things himself, he fabricates their semblance; and, if that no longer recalls any object, this artificially produced semblance functions only because it is scrutinized for likeness to a familiar - that is, object-related - semblance.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: Politicians are nauseating by definition ... They can produce nothing, neither a loaf of bread Politicians are nauseating by definition ... They can produce nothing, neither a loaf of bread nor a table nor a picture; and this inability to create value, this total inferiority, makes them jealous, vengeful, insolent and a menace to life and limb.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: Based on mixtures of the three primary colours, along with black and white, I come Based on mixtures of the three primary colours, along with black and white, I come up with a certain number of possible colours and, by multiplying these by two or four, I obtain a definite number of colour fields that I multiply yet again by two, etc. But the complete realization of this project demands a great deal of time and work.
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Gerhard Richter Sayings: The paint for the grey paintings was mixed beforehand and then applied with different implements The paint for the grey paintings was mixed beforehand and then applied with different implements - sometimes a roller, sometimes a brush. It was only after painting them that I sometimes felt that the grey was not yet satisfactory and that another layer of paint was needed.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: I do see myself as the heir to a vast, great, rich culture of painting I do see myself as the heir to a vast, great, rich culture of painting - of art in general - which we have lost, but which places obligations on us.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: The truth ... When they have a similar structure to and are organized in as The truth ... When they have a similar structure to and are organized in as truthful a way as nature. When I look out of the window, then truth for me is the way nature shows itself in its various tones, colours and proportions. That's a truth and has its own correctness. This little slice of nature, and in fact any given piece of nature, represents to me an ongoing challenge, and is a model for my paintings.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: Unlike the photography and prints, I never catalogued, kept track of or exhibited the sketches. Unlike the photography and prints, I never catalogued, kept track of or exhibited the sketches. I sold some occasionally, but never saw myself as a graphic artist. They became more important to me thanks to the exhibition, however, and I realized that these drawings were quite interesting after all.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: As a matter of fact, it was only through the dealer Fred Jahn that I As a matter of fact, it was only through the dealer Fred Jahn that I succeeded in overcoming my reservation about the works on paper and exhibiting them. Added to this, of course, was the fact that after ten years I could see the watercolours in a different light, and in conjunction with pictures painted afterwards, they had at least become more comprehensible to me.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: Maybe we didn't even have a chance. The message of American Pop Art was so Maybe we didn't even have a chance. The message of American Pop Art was so powerful and so optimistic. But it was also very limited, and that led us to believe that we could somehow distance ourselves from it and communicate a different intention.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: Weeks go by, and I don't paint until finally I can't stand it any longer. Weeks go by, and I don't paint until finally I can't stand it any longer. I get fed up. I almost don't want to talk about it, because I don't want to become self-conscious about it, but perhaps I create these little crises as a kind of a secret strategy to push myself.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: People won't stop painting, just as they won't stop making music or dancing. This is People won't stop painting, just as they won't stop making music or dancing. This is a facility we have. Children don't stop doing it or having it. On the other hand, it seems we don't need painting anymore. Culture is more interested in entertaining people.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: I am thankful that the church exists, thankful that it has done such great things, I am thankful that the church exists, thankful that it has done such great things, giving us laws, for instance - 'thou shalt' and 'thou shalt not', and established Goodness and Evil. That's what all religions do, and as soon as we try to replace them, worldly religions like fascism and communism take over.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: If the abstract paintings show my reality, then the landscapes and still-lifes show my yearning. If the abstract paintings show my reality, then the landscapes and still-lifes show my yearning.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: The political topicality of my October paintings means almost nothing to me, but in many The political topicality of my October paintings means almost nothing to me, but in many reviews it is the first or only thing that arouses interest, and the response to the pictures varies according to current political circumstance. I find this rather a distraction.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: Grey. It makes no statement whatever; it evokes neither feelings nor associations: it is really Grey. It makes no statement whatever; it evokes neither feelings nor associations: it is really neither visible nor invisible. Its inconspicuousness gives it the capacity to mediate, to make visible, in a positively illusionistic way, like a photograph. It has the capacity that no other colour has, to make 'nothing' visible.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: With a brush you have control. The paint goes on the brush and you make With a brush you have control. The paint goes on the brush and you make the mark. From experience you know exactly what will happen. With the squeegee you lose control.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: When I look back on the townscapes now, they do seem to me to recall When I look back on the townscapes now, they do seem to me to recall certain images of the destruction of Dresden during the war.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: To me, grey is the welcome and only possible equivalent for indifference, noncommitment, absence of To me, grey is the welcome and only possible equivalent for indifference, noncommitment, absence of opinion, absence of shape. But grey, like formlessness and the rest, can be real only as an idea, and so all I can do is create a colour nuance that means grey but is not it. The painting is then a mixture of grey as a fiction and grey as a visible, designated area of colour.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: But I have a problem with the term 'light'. I never in my life knew But I have a problem with the term 'light'. I never in my life knew what to do with that. I know that people have mentioned on some occasions that 'Richter is all about light', and that 'the paintings have a special light', and I never knew what they were talking about. I was never interested in light. Light is there and you turn it on or you turn it off, with sun or without sun. I don't know what the 'problematic of light' is. I take it as a metaphor for a different quality, which is similarly difficult to describe. Good.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: Only about one per cent of my paintings show family members. Do they help me Only about one per cent of my paintings show family members. Do they help me deal with problems? It's likely that these problems can only be depicted. But photographs, private ones and others, keep appearing that fascinate me so much that I want to paint them. And sometimes the real meaning these images have for me only becomes apparent later.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: Not the victims of any specific ideology of the left or of the right, but Not the victims of any specific ideology of the left or of the right, but of the ideological posture as such. This has to do with the everlasting human dilemma in general: to work for a revolution and fail ...
Gerhard Richter Sayings: Painting is consequently an almost blind, desperate effort, like that of a person abandoned, helpless, Painting is consequently an almost blind, desperate effort, like that of a person abandoned, helpless, in totally incomprehensible surroundings.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: I often need a long time to understand things, to imagine a painting I might I often need a long time to understand things, to imagine a painting I might make.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: All photographs are far more important than any painting. All photographs are far more important than any painting.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: I have painted my family so frequently because they are the one who really affect I have painted my family so frequently because they are the one who really affect me the most.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: Almost every work of art is an analogy. When I make a representation of something, Almost every work of art is an analogy. When I make a representation of something, this too is an analogy to what exists; I make an effort to get a grip on the thing by depicting it. I prefer to steer clear of anything aesthetic, so as not to set obstacles in my own way and not to have the problem of people saying: 'Ah, yes, that's how he sees the world, that's his interpretation.'
Gerhard Richter Sayings: Without form, communication stops ... without form, you have everybody burbling on to themselves, whenever Without form, communication stops ... without form, you have everybody burbling on to themselves, whenever and however, things that no one else can understand and - rightly - no one else is interested in.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: I first came up with the idea for the colour-chart pictures back in 1966, and I first came up with the idea for the colour-chart pictures back in 1966, and my preoccupation with the topic culminated in 1974 with a painting that consisted of 4,096 colour fields. Initially I was attracted by the typical Pop Art aestheticism of using standard colour-sample cards; I preferred the unartistic, tasteful and secular illustration of the different tones to the paintings of Albers, Bill, Calderara, Lohse, etc.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: I believe that he knew more what he was doing. I might be absolutely wrong I believe that he knew more what he was doing. I might be absolutely wrong about this, but that was my impression.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: Turning to the colour-classification methodology: The starting point are the four pure colours red, yellow, Turning to the colour-classification methodology: The starting point are the four pure colours red, yellow, green and blue; their in-between shades and scales of brightness result in colour schemes containing 16, 64, 256 and 1,024 shades. More colours would be pointless because it wouldn't be possible to distinguish between them clearly.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: When I make a representation of something, this, too, is an analogy to what exists; When I make a representation of something, this, too, is an analogy to what exists; I make an effort to get a grip on the thing by depicting it.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: Art is the ideal medium for making contact with the transcendental, or at least for Art is the ideal medium for making contact with the transcendental, or at least for getting close to it.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: To make a photograph is already the first artificial act. To make a photograph is already the first artificial act.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: Above all, it's never blind chance: it's a chance that is always planned, but also Above all, it's never blind chance: it's a chance that is always planned, but also always surprising. And I need it in order to carry on, in order to eradicate my mistakes, to destroy what I've worked out wrong, to introduce something different and disruptive. I'm often astonished to find how much better chance is than I am.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: Gray is the color ... the most important of all ... absent of opinion, nothing, Gray is the color ... the most important of all ... absent of opinion, nothing, neither/nor.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: I don't dare to think my paintings are great. I can't understand the arrogance of I don't dare to think my paintings are great. I can't understand the arrogance of someone saying, 'I have created a big, important work.'
Gerhard Richter Sayings: Abstract pictures are fictive models, because they make visible a reality that we can neither Abstract pictures are fictive models, because they make visible a reality that we can neither see nor describe, but whose existence we can postulate.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: I wanted to make it as anonymous as a photo. But it was perhaps also I wanted to make it as anonymous as a photo. But it was perhaps also the wish for perfection, the unapproachable, which then means loss of immediacy. Something is missing then, though; that is why I gave that up.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: I remember that I felt I had to avoid all these sensational photos, the hanged I remember that I felt I had to avoid all these sensational photos, the hanged woman, the man who shot himself, and so forth. I collected a great deal of material, including a number of banal, irrelevant photos, and then in the course of my work I came back to the very pictures I had actually wanted to avoid, which summed up the various stories.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: Talk about painting: there's no point. By conveying a thing through the medium of language, Talk about painting: there's no point. By conveying a thing through the medium of language, you change it. You construct qualities that can be said, and you leave out the ones that can't be said but are always the most important.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: A student researching into my work has actually traced the newspapers and magazines where I A student researching into my work has actually traced the newspapers and magazines where I found theses images and has found out that many of them illustrate a collection of gruesome stories, murders and suicides which contrast with the images used. There is a contrast between the message carried by the text and that suppressed by the illustration.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: A lot of different things had to come together over the years, accumulated experiences of A lot of different things had to come together over the years, accumulated experiences of a general and personal nature, before the idea and the decision were developed and then carried out.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: Painting pictures is simply the official, the daily work, the profession, and in the case Painting pictures is simply the official, the daily work, the profession, and in the case of the watercolours I can sooner afford to follow my mood, my spirits.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: The desire to please is maligned, unfairly. There are many sides to it. First of The desire to please is maligned, unfairly. There are many sides to it. First of all, pictures have to arouse interest before people will even look at them, and then they have to show something that holds that interst - and naturally they have to be presentable, just as a song has to be sung well, otherwise people run away. One mustn't underrate this quality, and I have always been delighted when my pieces have also appealed to the museum guards, the laymen.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: I don't mistrust reality, of which I know next to nothing. I mistrust the picture I don't mistrust reality, of which I know next to nothing. I mistrust the picture of reality conveyed to us by our senses, which is imperfect and circumscribed.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: Art shows us how to see things that are constructive and good, and to be Art shows us how to see things that are constructive and good, and to be an active part of that.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: To believe, one must have lost God. To paint, one must have lost art. To believe, one must have lost God. To paint, one must have lost art.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: Theory has nothing to do with a work of art. Pictures which are interpretable, and Theory has nothing to do with a work of art. Pictures which are interpretable, and which contain a meaning, are bad pictures. A picture presents itself as the Unmanageable, the Illogical, the Meaningless.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: Painting is traditional but for me that doesn't mean the academy. I felt a need Painting is traditional but for me that doesn't mean the academy. I felt a need to paint; I love painting. It was something natural - as is listening to music or playing an instrument for some people. For this reason I searched for themes of my era and my generation. Photography offered this, so I chose it as a medium for painting.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: I want pictorial content without sentiment, but I want it as human as possible I want pictorial content without sentiment, but I want it as human as possible
Gerhard Richter Sayings: Throwaway snapshots come closest to achieving the state of pure picture. Throwaway snapshots come closest to achieving the state of pure picture.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: What counts isn't being able to do a thing, it's seeing what it is. Seeing What counts isn't being able to do a thing, it's seeing what it is. Seeing is the decisive act, and ultimately it places the maker and the viewer on the same level.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: The urge to break with a tradition is only appropriate when you're dealing with an The urge to break with a tradition is only appropriate when you're dealing with an outdated, troublesome tradition: I never really thought about that because I take the old-fashioned approach of equating tradition with value (which may be a failing). But whatever the case, positive tradition can also provoke opposition if it's too powerful, too overwhelming, too demanding. That would basically be about the human side of wanting to hold your own.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: Composition is a side issue. Its role in my selection of photographs is a negative Composition is a side issue. Its role in my selection of photographs is a negative one at best. By which I mean that the fascination of a photograph is not in its eccentric composition but in what it has to say: its information content. And, on the other hand, composition always also has its own fortuitous rightness.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: I pursue no objectives, no systems, no tendency; I have no program, no style, no I pursue no objectives, no systems, no tendency; I have no program, no style, no direction. I have no time for specialized concerns, working themes, or variations that lead to mastery. I steer clear of definitions. I don't know what I want. I am inconsistent, non-committal, passive; I like the indefinite, the boundless; I like continual uncertainty.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: I can't paint as well as Vermeer. I can't paint as well as Vermeer.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: The smudging makes the paintings a bit more complete. When they're not blurred, so many The smudging makes the paintings a bit more complete. When they're not blurred, so many details seem wrong, and the whole thing is wrong too. Then smudging can help make the painting invincible, surreal, more enigmatic - that's how easy it is.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: I believe that art has a kind of rightness, as in music, when we hear I believe that art has a kind of rightness, as in music, when we hear whether or not a note is false
Gerhard Richter Sayings: Illusion - or rather appearance, semblance - is the theme of my life (could be Illusion - or rather appearance, semblance - is the theme of my life (could be theme of speech welcoming freshmen to the Academy). All that is, seems, and is visible to us because we perceive it by the reflected light of semblance. Nothing else is visible.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: Family photos, pictures of groups, those are truely wonderful. And they are just as good Family photos, pictures of groups, those are truely wonderful. And they are just as good as the old masters, just as rich and just as beautifully composed (what does that mean anyway).
Gerhard Richter Sayings: There was no special event that made me decide. I had collected some photos and There was no special event that made me decide. I had collected some photos and the idea was in the back of my mind for a long time. It was growing and growing, so finally I said, 'I must paint this.' I come from East Germany and am not a Marxist, so of course at the time I had no sympathy for the ideas, or for the ideology that these people represented. I couldn't understand, but I was still impressed. Like everyone, I was touched. It was an exceptional moment for Germany.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: When we describe a process, or make out an invoice, or photograph a tree, we When we describe a process, or make out an invoice, or photograph a tree, we create models; without them we would know nothing of reality and would be animals.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: My paintings are wiser than I am. My paintings are wiser than I am.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: Art is not a substitute religion: it is a religion (in the true sense of Art is not a substitute religion: it is a religion (in the true sense of the word: 'binding back', 'binding' to the unknowable, transcending reason, transcendent being). But the church is no longer adequate as a means of affording experience of the transcendental, and of making religion real - and so art has been transformed from a means into the sole provider of religion: which means religion itself.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: I'm never really sure what that word means, but however inaccurately I use it, 'classical' I'm never really sure what that word means, but however inaccurately I use it, 'classical' was always my ideal, as long as I can remember, and something of that has always stayed with me, to this day. Of course, there were difficulties, because in comparison to my ideal, I didn't even come close.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: I don't know what motivated the artist, which means that the paintings have an intrinsic I don't know what motivated the artist, which means that the paintings have an intrinsic quality. I think Goethe called it the 'essential dimension,' the thing that makes great works of art great.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: I'm trying to paint a picture of what I have seen and what moved me, I'm trying to paint a picture of what I have seen and what moved me, as well as I can. That's all.
Gerhard Richter Sayings: I find the Romantic period extraordinarily interesting. My landscapes have connections with Romanticism: at times I find the Romantic period extraordinarily interesting. My landscapes have connections with Romanticism: at times I feel a real desire for, an attraction to, this period, and some of my pictures are a homage to Caspar David Friedrich.