Alex Katz

Blue Umbrella 2

Alex Katz

Blue Umbrella 2

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Archival Pigment
inks on Crane Museo Max 365 gsm fine art paper
Edition Size:
76 x 116 cm (30 x 40.5 in.)
Signed and numbered

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About the Artwork

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. 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 in a larger scale, which was used as the catalogue 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 colours 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.

About the Artist

Alex Katz art edition Weng Contemporary

Alex Katz (born 1927, New York, USA) is the outstanding protagonist of figurative painting, and one of the most influential international artists. During 1980s Alex Katz was considered to be one of the founders of the Pop Art movement, nevertheless he pursued developing his own independant style.