The green shadow cast by Katz’s slender-trunked trees has echoes of his earlier 1989 sketch, Young Trees
, yet the bright yellow of the floor gives this painting a much lighter tone. The decentralised cropping of the composition shows the influence of Japanese wood block prints on Katz’s work and practice.
Green Shadow #2
Date of work
Alex Katz (born 1927) is an American artist best known for his large-scale paintings, sculptures and prints. His stylised paintings are a modern take on the classical themes of portraiture and landscapes, using flat colour and an economy of line. He has continued to work into his 90s, and is one of America’s most celebrated artists.