Alex Katz
Tulips 1969

Artwork details

Alex Katz born 1927
Date 1969
Medium Oil paint on hardboard
Dimensions Support: 356 x 253 x 3 mm
frame: 375 x 273 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
Not on display

Online caption

Katz has captured a fresh, summer light with economic passages of paint. 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 unmodulated colours 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."

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