Alex Katz, born to Russian immigrants on July 24, 1927 in Brooklyn, is an American figurative artist known for his large-scale oil paintings, sculptures and prints. His works were seen as precursors to Pop Art though the artist was never directly involved in the Pop Art Movement. When he was just a kid, Katz began drawing with his father who was a business man, and from that moment he already knew he wanted to study art. From 1946 and 1950, Katz studied at The Cooper Union in New York and then at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine where he found and developed his own highly stylised aesthetic. His early drawings of the late 1940s already revealed a penchant for strongly contoured forms and simplified compositions.

During the mid-1950s, Katz got involved into the small circle of artists known as 10th Street. During this period, Katz particularly made collages of still lifes and landscapes. His first works encompassed natural elements like flowers or forests. Primarily, Maine and then New York landscapes were his very first influences. Those landscapes paintings are all rendered in the same style which is highly recognisable. His brightly coloured landscapes are painted in a flat style with dark contours which are reminiscent of everyday visual culture like advertising and cinema culture.

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