Alex Katz

Road

About this artwork

This simple study captures the quiet atmosphere of a sunlit footpath with deft accuracy. Katz has been painting the American landscape since the 1950s, often inspired by summer residencies in Maine. The melancholic undercurrents in this work suggest the influence of Edvard Munch. 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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  • title:
    Road
  • accession number:
    AR00014
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  • materials:
    Oil paint on hardboard
  • date created:
    1998
  • measurements:
    30.80 x 23.00 x 0.30 cm (framed: 32.30 x 25.10 x 3.40 cm)
  • credit line:
    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
  • 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
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Alex Katz

Alex Katz