Alex Katz, Homage to Monet 5, 2009. Oil on canvas, 182,9 x 365,8 cm. © Alex Katz, 2019. Photo: Paul Takeuchi, Adagp, Paris, 2019

Alex Katz. Homage to Monet

Contemporary Counterpoint 3

Widely regarded as a realist painter, Katz established his career in New York in the 1950s as a reaction to the rise of Abstract Expressionism, and built his own artistic identity with the simplest stylistic elements – line and color. During the summer, he works in his rural studio in Maine, beside a pond planted with water lilies. In 2009, this motif inspired a series of paintings paying tribute to Monet’s Water Lilies, which he first saw in the Musée de l’Orangerie in 1965. These are mature canvases; the landscapes of dark water and compositions of colored forms floating on the surface are considered a complex and astonishingly powerful response to the work of the master of Giverny.

With the generous support of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London · Paris · Salzburg

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