“When I showed Alex Katz reproductions of the paintings of Félix Vallotton compared to his own, he kept on exclaiming, ‘But what a wonderful painter!’ And, with regard to the evident similarities between them, ‘It’s incredible!’ Something passed through the heads of these two artists—who came from utterly different eras, cultures and environments—in which painting became something of a cosa mentale, that is to say when an idea or pictorial concept takes precedence over the execution or visual result. It goes without saying that neither Katz nor Vallotton are conceptual artists but both subject nature and the human figure to a very particular vision and a manifestly anti-naturalist treatment through the practice of a sort of painting for painting’s sake.
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