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Tree 8 by Alex Katz

Tree 8 by Alex Katz




Edition Size: 60

Image Size: 39.5 x 39.5 inches

Sheet Size: 39.5 x 39.5 cm


Condition: Pristine

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In 2020, Alex Katz exhibited Trees, a new series of three monumental paintings featuring early spring trees in Pennsylvania, at the chapel Sant’Andrea de Scaphis in Rome. From this series, Katz selected two paintings to be envisioned as prints using lithography, woodcut, and silkscreen techniques. Honoring the majestic presence of the earth’s landscapes, both prints elevate the perspective of the trees to express a reverence for nature and its cyclical processes.

Tree 8 is a 6-run lithograph and woodcut print with the three initial woodcut runs building the crisp, blue background and defining the tree with sparse limbs to allow the wood grain to be visible throughout the print. The final three lithographic runs of orange, white and black translate the artist’s gestural brushstrokes to generate the highlights and shadows forming the trunk and branches, echoing the reflections of light in early spring.

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The Artist

Alex Katz

New York born and based artist Alex Katz is a figurative artist whose majority of work revolves around portraits and landscape paintings and prints. In the beginning of his career as an artist, Katz made small collages of people in landscape settings from delicately cutting hand coloured strips of paper. From there he moved on to create paintings which had a greater sense of realism. This was around 1950. It was in this time too that the artist became interested in portraiture, in which he often liked to portray his friends, and Ada, his wife and muse.

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