Alex Katz, Boy with Branch I, 1975
|Artist:||Alex Katz (1927 - 9999)|
|Title:||Boy with Branch I, 1975|
|Image Size:||40 3/8 in x 24 in (102.6 cm x 61 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||40 3/8 in x 24 in (102.6 cm x 61 cm)|
|Framed Size:||approx. 52 3/8 in x 36 in (133 cm x 91.4 cm)|
|Edition:||Numbered from the edition of 90 in pencil in the lower left; published by Bo Alveryd, Kavlinge, Sweden, and Marlborough Graphics, Inc., New York.|
|Signature:||This work is hand signed by Alex Katz (Brooklyn, 1927 - ) in pencil in the lower left.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition.|
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Historical Description of this artwork
Alex Katz Boy with Branch I, 1975 is an introspective portrait. The boy looks out the left side of the print, not meeting the eyes of the viewer. His eyelashes flutter halfway and shade his hazelnut colored eyes. His skin is warmed by the sun, which also glows in his eyes and on the side of his face. Katz details the strands of his hair delicately – multicolored brown. The branch flows behind him from one side of the image to the other. The leaves are a dark green on one side, lighter on the other. The wind picks them up and blows them to the right, stretching them and adding movement to the image. But though the leaves are blowing in the wind, the boy looks still and unperturbed. We see grass and a horizon line behind the boy, setting him in nature. Beyond that, there are no other signs of civilization. He is alone with the tree and the grass and the vast sky.
Created in 1975, this color aquatint is hand signed by Alex Katz (Brooklyn, 1927 – ) in pencil and numbered from the edition of 90 in pencil; published by Bo Alveryd, Kavlinge, Sweden, and Marlborough Graphics, Inc., New York.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Alex Katz Boy with Branch I, 1975 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).
1. Maravell, Nicholas. P. Alex Katz: The Complete Prints. New York: Alpine Fine Arts Collection, Ltd. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 77.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.
About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Alex Katz Boy with Branch I, 1975 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.
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The Certificate of Authenticity accompanies this work, guaranteeing its authenticity for as long as you own it.
All catalogue raisonné and historical documentation is included with your purchase.
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With a visual langauge of stylized flats in amplified colors, Alex Katz' sought inspiration from Japanese woodcuts and American culture to create his distinctive portraits and landscapes. His bold and simple paintings are noted as precursors to the Pop Art movement, Katz career includes a prolific oeuvre in printmaking, his prints adhering to the artist's unremitting style that characterized the subjects and spaces he immortalized.
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Artistic Styles of Katz
American portraits, landscape, American Figurative Pop Art, Jewish Nouveau realisme portraits
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Alex Katz Biography
One of the most recognized and widely-exhibited artists of his generation, Alex Katz was born in 1927 in Brooklyn, New York. Studying at the Cooper Union School in New York from 1946 to 1949 Katz left for the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. It was here that he was exposed to painting from life, which would prove pivotal in his development as a painter and remains a staple of his practices today. Katz has admitted to destroying a thousand paintings during his first ten years as a painter in order to find his style. Since the 1950’s, he worked to create art more freely in the sense that he tried to paint “faster than [he] can think.” Every year from early June to mid-September since 1954, Katz has moved from his SoHo loft to a 19th-century clapboard farmhouse in Lincolnville, Maine. Coming into his own style of expression, his paintings are defined by their flatness of color and form, their economy of line, and their cool but seductive emotional detachment; with a key source of inspiration being the woodcuts produced by Japanese artist Kitagawa Utamaro. From 1954 to 1960, Katz made a number of small collages of still lifes, Maine landscapes, and small figures. It was during this time that Katz began exhibiting his work, and since then has produced a celebrated body of work that includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints. Taking inspiration from various aspects of mid-century American culture and society, including television, film, and advertising, over his storied career he has established himself as a preeminent painter of modern life. Utilizing characteristically wide brushstrokes, large swathes of color, and refined compositions, he is most often associated with the Pop Art movement even though his creations predate it.