Gerhard Richter is famous for a prolific and stylistically varied exploration of the medium of painting, often incorporating and exploring the visual effects of photography. “I like everything that has no style: dictionaries, photographs, nature, myself and my paintings,” he says. “Because style is violent, and I am not violent.”
In the 1960s, Richter began to create large-scale photorealist copies of black-and-white photographs rendered in a range of grays, and innovated a blurred effect (sometimes deemed “photographic impressionism”) in which portions of his compositions appear smeared or softened—paradoxically reproducing photographic effects and revealing his painterly hand.
He continued to move freely between figuration and abstraction, producing abstractions, and 'Photo Paintings' of anything from nudes, flowers, and cars to landscapes, architecture, and scenes from Nazi history. In 2014 Richter started to collaborate with HENI Productions to produce high-quality facsimile objects and reproductions of Richter’s art. These prints are made under Richter’s direction and approval and are numbered and unsigned.