Richter's lusciously coloured, abstract paintings appear to be in the tradition of both American Abstract Expressionism and German expressionist painting. However, the artist undermines the heroic and emotive tendencies of these styles by painting in a detached and mechanical manner. Richter's abstract paintings relate to a series of works in which he paints images from photographs but blurs them slightly to remove the focus from their composition and subject matter. This painting has been created by dragging a board over the canvas to smear the paint and reveal the layers underneath. In other words, he 'blurs' what he himself has painted.