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R. B. Kitaj

A Life (B), 1975

Lithograph on mauve Wookey Hole handmade waterleaf paper
29 × 21 in
73.7 × 53.3 cm
Edition of 50
This is part of a limited edition set.
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New York
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About the work
Petersburg Press
New York
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This print features the encounter between an alluring woman dressed in red, and a man with his back …

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This print features the encounter between an alluring woman dressed in red, and a man with his back to the viewer. The light of a streetlamp is beautifully imitated with speckled texture that silhouettes the man.

The composition of A Life is based on Kitaj’s pastel work Femme de Peuple II, and a pulp novel’s …

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Hand-signed by artist, lower left in pencil
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Publisher
Petersburg Press
R. B. Kitaj
American, 1932–2007
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Among the most significant post-war painters whose work and writings helped to define the School of London, R.B. Kitaj produced complex, boldly expressive compositions dense with references to art, literature, and, most significantly, Judaism. As he explained: “The Jewish question, in its infinity, is the central drama and romance of my life and art.” Drawing enduring inspiration from the works of Paul Cézanne, one of his favorite artists, as well as intellectuals like Hannah Arendt and Walter Benjamin, Kitaj approached art-making with a combination of formal and conceptual rigor. His ambitious paintings and prints are precisely composed and resolutely, though loosely, figurative. Ranging from deeply personal self-portraits and vignettes from his own life to nuanced explorations of history, politics, and ideas, all of his works convey his lust for expression and his passion for intellection.

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About the work
Petersburg Press
New York
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This print features the encounter between an alluring woman dressed in red, and a man with his back …

Read more

This print features the encounter between an alluring woman dressed in red, and a man with his back to the viewer. The light of a streetlamp is beautifully imitated with speckled texture that silhouettes the man.

The composition of A Life is based on Kitaj’s pastel work Femme de Peuple II, and a pulp novel’s …

Read more
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, lower left in pencil
Certificate of authenticity
Included
Frame
Not included
Publisher
Petersburg Press
R. B. Kitaj
American, 1932–2007
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Among the most significant post-war painters whose work and writings helped to define the School of London, R.B. Kitaj produced complex, boldly expressive compositions dense with references to art, literature, and, most significantly, Judaism. As he explained: “The Jewish question, in its infinity, is the central drama and romance of my life and art.” Drawing enduring inspiration from the works of Paul Cézanne, one of his favorite artists, as well as intellectuals like Hannah Arendt and Walter Benjamin, Kitaj approached art-making with a combination of formal and conceptual rigor. His ambitious paintings and prints are precisely composed and resolutely, though loosely, figurative. Ranging from deeply personal self-portraits and vignettes from his own life to nuanced explorations of history, politics, and ideas, all of his works convey his lust for expression and his passion for intellection.

R. B. Kitaj

A Life (B), 1975

Lithograph on mauve Wookey Hole handmade waterleaf paper
29 × 21 in
73.7 × 53.3 cm
Edition of 50
This is part of a limited edition set.
Contact For Price
location
New York
Certificate
Certificate of authenticity
This work includes a certificate of authenticity.
Have a question? Read our FAQ.
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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