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Drawings have been part of Gerhard Richter’s production, alongside his paintings, since 1964. They are distinguished by specific features and fulfill a variety of functions. Richter himself was always critical of drawing as an artistic genre. Just as he avoided traditional printing techniques such as etching and lithography, he finds classical drawing similarly influenced by ideas about workmanship and aesthetics. In his own drawings and other works on paper, he has consistently endeavored to subvert the medium’s traditional aesthetic. For his first watercolors, for instance, in 1977/78, he used thin, lined writing paper that showed obvious warping as a result of his choice of medium – a result that would be considered grossly negligent by academic criteria.