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The Black Dress has been a recurrent theme in Alex Katz's work since the very beginning. The theme of the edition goes back to one of his most iconic early paintings, which is indeed titled "Black Dress" and depicts 6 different perspectives of a woman wearing a classical, Breakfast-at-Tiffany like black shift dress. This painting dates from 1960 and is owned by the Brandhorst collection in Munich. The actual composition for the edition refers to the original painting "Black dress" from 2010.
"What the little black dress does do, if it’s perfect, is very gently draw the eye to a woman’s best and finest features – a delicate collarbone, or the curve of a shoulder or a slender neck. It allows you to see the woman wearing it at her most beautiful, in a really pure, clear way." — Calvin Klein
Oona is part of the "Black Dress" series and represents one of the most loved Katz's muse. Oona has been depicted several times by the artist, always as an icon of beauty and elegance. Once again here she poses leaning against a yellow background and wearing a unique style of a little black dress, looking confident, elegant, classy. She represents all that Katz wishes to depict: fashion and coolness.