Alex Katz

(American, b. 1927)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 187 x 278 x 4 cm (73 5/8 x 109 7/16 x 1 9/16 in.); Unframed: 182.9 x 276.9 cm (72 x 109 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund and Gift of the Eppler Family Foundation and Agnes Gund 1983.68

Fun Fact

Katz made five quick oil sketches prior to composing Impala; because of his preparations the final image was completed in just one session.


Alex Katz has been painting the world around him with a certain candor for over six decades. Using a wet-on-wet painting technique, his works are marked with a subtlety and softness through which he depicts his personal universe of friends, families, and intimate settings, whether pastoral or urban. Impala pictures his partner Ada, the subject of many of Katz's works, serenely looking into the distance from the passenger side of a car with a picturesque vista looming in the background.

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