Why do most of your paintings look like blurry photographs?

I’ve never found anything to be lacking in a blurry canvas. Quite the contrary: you can see many more things in it than in a sharply focused image. A landscape painted with exactness forces you to see a determined number of clearly differentiated trees, while in a blurry canvas you can perceive as many trees as you want. The painting is more open.

Gerhard Richter, Interview with Irmeline Lebeer (1973)



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