In the mid-1990s, Katz created several paintings of winter branches. The way they gently stretch from corner to corner across the piece has been likened to the movement of Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings, of which Katz was an admirer. Small oil paintings such as this one are sketched from life and often made as studies to be scaled up into larger works.
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Original: Oil paint on hardboard, 23 x 30.2 x 0.4 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.