Katz here paints a study of a sunlit, densely tree-lined road in oils. It has been suggested that a melancholic undercurrent in this work shows the influence of Edvard Munch on the artist. Small oil paintings such as this one are sketched from life and often intended to be scaled up into larger works, capturing the energy and feeling of the setting en plein air.
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Original: Oil paint on hardboard 30.8 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.