Although Katz is well known for his large-scale works, he usually begins each piece with a small oil painting from life, often en plein air – of this practice, he has said, "A sketch is very direct. It is working empirically, inside of an idea". Flowers have been a recurrent theme in this work since the 1960s, often during summer residencies in Maine.
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Original: Oil paint on hardboard, 30.9 x 40.4 x 4 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.