Alex Katz, ‘Portrait of Irvin N. Ives’, ca. 1957, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

Irvin N. Ives, Lincolnville, Maine (acquired directly from the artist)
Gertrude B. Ives, Lincolnville, Maine (by descent from the above)
Sotheby's, New York, 2 November 1994, Lot 107 (consigned by the above)
Private Collection, Los Angeles
Private Collection (acquired from the above by 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