Alex Katz

Lillies Against Yellow House

1983

Medium
Oil paint on hardboard
Dimensions
Support: 307 x 229 x 3 mm
frame: 327 x 249 x 34 mm
Acquisition
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
Reference
AR00004

Online caption

Katz has placed colourful lilies against the institutional brickwork of his summer house in Lincolnsville. He has been painting flowers since the 1960s, often painted during Summer residencies in Maine. The cropped, flattened composition displays a debt to Japanese art. Katz is well known for his large paintings, whose bold simplicity and heightened colours are now seen as precursors to 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."

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