The yellow house here is Katz’s Lincolnsville summer house in Maine. Although Katz is well known for his large-scale works, he usually begins each piece with a small oil painting from life, which is then used as a study for the larger work. These small oil sketches are full of energy, as Katz says, "A sketch is very direct. It is working empirically, inside of an idea."
Lillies Against Yellow House
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on hardboard 30.7 x 22.9 x 0.3 cm ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008 © Alex Katz
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.