Relatable Words for Artists from Gerhard Richter

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“Of course I constantly despair at my own incapacity, at the impossibility of ever accomplishing anything, of painting a valid, true picture or even knowing what such a thing ought to look like. But then I always have the hope that, if I persevere, it might one day happen. And this hope is nurtured every time something appears, a scattered, partial, initial hint of something which reminds me of what I long for, or which conveys a hint of it – although often enough I have been fooled by a momentary glimpse that then vanishes, leaving behind only the usual thing.”

-Gerhard Richter, 1985

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5 comments

  1. Reblogged this on balladblood and commented:
    This is what I think every time I start a new piece of work.

  2. Coupey Pierre

    Thanks for this, what an eloquent statement of our dilemma! Except that his “usual things” are so much better than ours! And more valuable… P

  3. Had to smile; what a familiar feeling! Those times we do manage to capture a bit of what we’re longing for , are what keep us going.

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