Whenever Gerhard Richter goes to Sils (Switzerland), he always takes photographs, some of which he paints and adds to his Atlas . Others he considers independent works of art, and has included them in projects such as the exhibition "Nietzsche Hau in Sils". In his painted images, a photographed reality is combined with the effects of painting. In these painted photographs, the different levels of reality in the photography interact with others from the painting. The realism (as a photographic representation) and the abstraction (as a painting which is not figurative), show themselves to be redundant when the inherent categories of the created image dissolve into one.