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Ronald Brooks Kitaj, Portrait of Philip Roth
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TITLE:  Portrait of Philip Roth
ARTIST:  Ronald Brooks Kitaj (American, 1932–2007)
CATEGORY:  Works on Paper (Drawings, Watercolors etc.)
MATERIALS:  Charcoal on handmade paper
SIZE:  h: 77.5 x w: 57 cm / h: 30.5 x w: 22.4 in
STYLE:  Contemporary
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  Stephen Ongpin Fine Art  +44 (0)20 7930 8813  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  R. B. Kitaj met Philip Roth in 1985, when the writer and his wife Claire Bloom were neighbours of the artist in Chelsea, London. Roth became a good friend, and his writings influenced and inspired much of Kitaj’s thinking, particularly on the question of Jewish identity. Drawn in London in 1985, soon after Roth and Kitaj first met, this large and impressive sheet was, according to Kitaj, done in ‘about six sessions’. Loaned from the artist’s collection, the drawing was included in Kitaj’s retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery in 1994. Despite the generally poor reviews for the exhibition as a whole, the present sheet was singled out for praise by several critics. (One noted that ‘Works like…a magnificent portrait of Philip Roth seemed to me the strongest works in the show.’) Among comparable large-scale portrait drawings by Kitaj is a study of Lucian Freud, which was hung alongside the present sheet at the 1994 retrospective exhibition, and is today in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
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