Alex Katz, ‘Ann Cr.’, 1988, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

From the Catalogue

"Well, you paint this kind of picture and you want to paint...it seems like why can't you paint a figurative picture that's as big as like a big abstract picture. Then it becomes like, well, if you paint it life-size, it's like little figures on a big canvas, you know. So I decided the hell with it; let's try something else. Like those old ones. At one point I said...well, basically the idea of the scale is Velasquez, the proportion of the figure to the outside perimeter...so you wonder what the possibilities are of going into space with volumes." —Alex Katz

Courtesy of Sotheby's

Marlborough Gallery, New York
Private Collection, Cleveland (acquired from the above in November 1988)
Thence by descent to the present owner

About Alex Katz

New York School painter Alex Katz developed his highly stylized aesthetic in reaction to 1950s Abstract Expressionism, finding his own distinctive resolution between formalism and representation. His brightly colored figurative and landscape paintings are rendered in a flat style that takes cues from everyday visual culture like advertising and cinema, in many ways anticipating both the formal and conceptual concerns of Pop Art. Well known for his many portraits of his wife and muse, Ada, Katz has also dedicated himself to printmaking and freestanding sculptures of cutout figures painted on wood or aluminum.

American, b. 1927, New York, New York, based in New York, New York