The works by Gerhard Richter that Georg and Ingrid Böckmann collected in Berlin between 1960 and 2003 span all of the artist's important genres: portraits, landscapes, still lifes, geometric color charts, abstract compositions. Thus the collection, comprehensively illustrated in this publication, provides a welcome survey of the central aspects of the artist's production. Statements and interviews from Richter's diaries exemplify his position as a painter who has repeatedly undertaken new approaches and found new formulations. Despite the ever-increasing dominance of photography and new media in art making, Richter has always foreseen a future for painting. For him, it is the lust to paint that is proof of painting's necessity.