A LIFE 1975
R B Kitaj (1932 – 2007)
- 73 X 52.8 CM
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An American by birth, Kitaj took advantage of provisions in the GI Bill to settle in England in 1958 to study at the Ruskin School of Drawing, and later at the Royal College of Art. Kitaj’s championing of figurative art provided a salutary alternative to the then prevailing influence of American abstraction, and his ability to draw on a wide variety of historical and contemporary subjects provided a model for a new form of picture- making. The composition of the lithograph here is based on a pastel, Femme du Peuple II (Private Collection USA), and ‘a pulp novel I can’t remember’’, showing an encounter between a young prostitute and an anonymous man, unidentifiable in his trench coat with his hat pulled firmly down.
Thresholds, British Council 2010