Katz created several works focusing on leafless branches in the mid-1990s. Here, in an oil sketch made for a larger work, they brush the surface of a geometric window, which is suggestive of New York, the artist’s home. Katz has been painting the American cityscape and landscape since the 1950s, moving between New York and a summer house in Maine.
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Original: Oil paint on hardboard, 30.2 x 23 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.