Gerhard Richter dates every one of his drawings, so that his drawing oeuvre possesses a diary-like character. He carried out these two examples on 2 November 1989 and 24 April 1990 – that is, in the midst of the peaceful revolution in East Germany and the German reunification. The atmosphere of new departure that characterized those months seems to make itself felt in these works. “Even I was surprised that these little sketches, which I carried out many years ago, told so much, even if you don’t know anything to read in them – that they nevertheless convey the mood we were in at the time so exactly and precisely” , the artist recalled in 1999.
 Gerhard Richter, 7.5.1999, cited in: Birgit Pelzer: ‚Linien, die sich dem Blick entziehen‘, in: Dieter Schwarz: Gerhard Richter: Zeichnungen 1964–1999.
Werkverzeichnis, Düsseldorf 1999, pp. 163–178, here p. 167.
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