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This small painting was used as the basis for Abstract Painting No. 439, also in this display. ‘I do not paint the oil sketches with the intention of using them for the big smooth pictures, but I subsequently use some of the sketches as patterns for big pictures’, Richter has said. ‘The oil sketches look as if they had been painted quickly, but they often take longer than the big paintings, as they are altered from time to time to look as heterogeneous as possible.’

April 2007