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An almost cinematic still, calm, and composed, Ada is depicted here in Alex Katz's latest edition. The wife and muse of the American artist, who has been captured in more than 200 works throughout Katz's seven-decade long career, and has been the subject of his most iconic works created. This edition is contributing to the narrative of the Blue Umbrella painting series; the Blue Umbrella I, painted in 1978 and the Blue Umbrella II - a rendering of the first painting but on a larger scale, which was used as the catalog cover of Katz's traveling retrospective exhibition at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, and the Center for Fine Arts, in Miami (both in 1986).
This figurative depiction is carefully executed, Katz's 2D painterly brushstrokes offer a minimal essence to the composition. Ada's almond-shaped eyes, her elegant headscarf bundled and located in the center of the work, it is marrying the only saturated colors of the work, blue and red. Katz's muse is placed in the middle of a melancholic setting, surrounded by raindrops; both on her foreground and background, each carefully painterly allocated one by one by Katz, reminiscent of Man Ray's Glass Tears.
The Blue Umbrella is a significant piece in Alex Katz´s oeuvre and also marks it as his auction record, which sold for over $4 million at the Phillips auction house in London, in October 2019.