ALEX KATZ "CAROLINE", 1976
Alex Katz is one of the most beloved American artists. His works are instantly recognizable for their crisp intimate figurative style.
Born in 1927 Katz has been dedicated to art-making since the 1950s - however it wasn't until the following decade when he established his signature 'flat' style.
A successor to the New York Pop artists, Katz has been an important influence on figurative painters of the late 20th century. He has inspired, whether directly or not, a host of artists including Eric Fischl, David Salle, Julian Opie, Elizabeth Peyton and Peter Doig. One could argue that Katz kept the tradition of figurative painting alive when it had gone terribly out of style.
After 1964, Katz increasingly painted groups of figures, portraying the social world of painters, poets, critics, and other colleagues that surrounded him.
This work in particular is a perfect example of Katz’s casual, laissez-faire approach to portraiture. Katz made “Caroline” as a preparatory drawing for a lithograph in colors created in 1977.
The delicacy of this drawing and the gentle expression of the woman contrast with the work of Alex Katz, defined by areas of flat and intense colors. Maybe it's simplicity?
Signed and dated by the artist.
Pencil on paper
22”H 15” W (work)
31"H 23"W (framed)
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