Alex Katz, Red House 3, 2013
© Alex Katz / Adagp, Paris, 2019
Katz describes his large-format landscapes, mainly done in Maine in the region around his studio, as “environmental” paintings.
Compared with portraits, landscapes allow him to create all-over compositions that share qualities with abstract expressionism, the movement that dominated art while he was studying. When historian David Sylvester asked him if landscapes dictated this feeling, Katz replied: “It’s art, it’s not nature. Nature’s just a vehicle for art.”