Olympic Swimmer, 1976


5-color screenprint

39.75 x 25.00 in

101.0 x 63.5 cm

Edition of 200

This work is signed and numbered by the artist.

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About The Work

With a lifetime of work that is adored by collectors and art lovers around the globe, Alex Katz is a favorite successor of the New York-based artists that responded to Pop Art. 

Born in 1927, Katz has been dedicated to art-making since the 1950s - however, it wasn't until the following decade that he established his signature 'flat' figurative style...which continues to influence contemporary painters.

Today, we can see this influence on a host of artists including Eric Fischl, David Salle, Julian Opie, and Elizabeth Peyton amongst others. One could argue that Katz kept the tradition of figurative painting alive when it had gone terribly out of style. 

An active and devoted printmaker, Katz typically creates portraits and landscapes: subjects that he is personally connected to such as Soho cityscapes, the flora of rural Maine, and the people in his life. 

In 1957, Katz would meet his future wife "Ada" - over the course of the last fifty years, he has depicted her over 200 times. She is the most iconic subject in his oeuvre and is depicted with affection, sincerity, and devotion. 

Utilizing 5 colors, this dynamic print depicts Ada coming up for air as she swims through a body of water. Recalling Katz's 1973 painting Swimmer #3, this work is a fine example of the artist's pared-down aesthetic, depicting Ada with few details and a striking use of negative space.

In 1976, this iconic image was extended to the United States Olympic Committee and reproduced as a poster for the Olympics in Montreal at the time.

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  • Published by Kennedy Graphics, New York

  • This work is framed. Frame measurements are 49.00" x 33.25".
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