This catalogue of the exhibition held at the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne juxtaposes the work of two painters which at first sight have nothing in common: one was Franco-Swiss and died in 1925 ; the other is American, was born in 1927, and is still active.
Preferring a smooth, textureless painting technique, often working on a monumental scale and building the composition by simplifying forms and picture planes and relying on a restricted palette, Katz has unconsciously taken over where Vallotton left off, extending the latter's work to the borders of abstraction. Félix Vallotton never inspired Alex Katz and yet, there are some surprising similarities between the two artists, both having the same aim: to exalt through painting.
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24 x 28 cm
Éric de Chassey
Exhibitions, The Courtauld Collection : A Vision for Impressionism / The Collection of the Fondation: A Vision for Painting