Alex Katz usually begins his large-scale paintings by creating a small study, sketched from life in oils. This painting is an example of this; it has many of the key characteristics of Katz’s body of work, such as the off-centred, cropped composition, flat use of colour and economy of detail, all in miniature form.
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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.