Summer Picnic, 1975
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of Marlborough Gallery, New York
© Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Katz's emotionally cool portraits are like mirrors upon which we may project our own feelings. The environment in Summer Picnic provides a spatial and atmospheric context for the figures. From the beginning of Katz's career, landscape has provided this direct route to context. Summer Picnic acts as a transitional moment between Katz's figurative work and his paintings featuring the landscape as a primary theme in and of itself.