Winter Branch
© Alex Katz

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Winter Branch 1993
  • Artist Rooms
Winter branches are a recurring motif in Katz’s paintings, particularly from the mid 1990s. Seen here, they meander across the monochrome surface like abstract lines, revealing Katz’s interest in Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings. He has been painting the American landscape since the 1950s, often inspired by summer residencies in Maine. 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."

Glossary Open

Monochrome

An image made with a single colour.

Motif

A distinctive element in a work of art or design.

Pop Art

An art movement of the 1950s to the 1970s that was primarily based in Britain and the United States. Pop artists are so called because of their use of imagery from popular culture. They also introduced techniques and materials from the commercial world, such as screen-printing, to fine art practice.

Monochrome, Motif, Pop Art

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00008
  • Medium Oil paint on hardboard
  • Size 23.00 x 30.20 x 0.40 cm (framed: 25.00 x 32.10 x 3.40 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008