I looked at the world around me, and everything seemed terrible and senseless.
German culture was utterly broken. After that I started building it back up by creating some sort of beauty that could be physically seen: art.
The abstract paintings take quite a long time. I begin, it starts looking good, I go back to it three days later and think, “Actually it doesn’t look good at all,” and the next thing you know four weeks has gone by.
– Gerhard Richter, At 82, Art is Still Sublime