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Image of Washington

Alex Katz
American, born 1927


From the Kent Bicentennial Portfolio, Spirit of Independence

Object Type: Print
20 in. x 40 in. (50.8 cm x 101.6 cm)
Medium and Support: Lithograph on paper
Accession Number: 1976.0157

Credit Line: Gift of Lorillard, a Division of Loews Theatres, Inc.
Copyright: © Alex Katz / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Alex Katz's work aligns closely with the New Realist movement, a version of Pop that focused on the figure. Katz's figurative images based on friends and family members, who he generalized and flattened in a blend of real and artificial, fit into the New Realists' ideas of a taking an objective approach to render their subjects as they appeared in real life.
Rather than creating a portrait filled with emotion, Katz focuses on light, color, and scale to create portraits that become archetypes. For instance, in his depiction of George Washington from the Kent Bicentennial Portfolio: Spirit of Independence, Katz portrays the iconic figure that many consider the father of our nation—yet there is little to identify the sitter other than the title of the print.

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