Alex Katz

Homage to Monet

About this artwork

Alex Katz has been painting the American landscape since the 1950s. Although based in New York, he spends his summer holidays painting in a second studio in Maine. This studio is situated on a pond filled with water lilies, and Katz recently made a series of paintings in response to both the pond and the water lilies, in homage to the French Impressionist painter Claude Monet. He said, “The water lilies are on the pond in Maine and I’ve been looking at them for 50 years but I never touched them because of Monet. But I said you’re going to do it, and I just did it.” Katz makes small studies from life including this one which are then scaled up using the traditional charcoal cartoon and pinhole “pouncing” method and re-painted onto large canvases.

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  • title:
    Homage to Monet
  • accession number:
    AL00231
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  • materials:
    Oil on board
  • date created:
    2010
  • measurements:
    23.00 x 30.20 x 0.40 cm (framed 24.90 x 32.00 x 3.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2011
  • copyright:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Presented by the artist and acquired with assistance of the ARTIST ROOMS Endowment, supported by the Henry Moore Foundation and Tate Members 2017 © Alex Katz
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Alex Katz

Alex Katz