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Winter branches appear frequently in Katz’s paintings of the mid 1990s. Here they form a network across the modernist architecture of New York, creating an austere monochrome surface. Katz has been painting the American landscape since the 1950s, moving between his home in New York and a summer house in Maine. The portraits of his family and friends in New York are, now seen as precursors of Pop Art. Small oil paintings such as this one are sketched from life and often intended to be scaled up into larger works, but their economic execution and visible brushstrokes reveal an intimate side to his practice. He says, "A sketch is very direct. It is working empirically, inside of an idea."