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