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Klaus

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Chuck Close, Klaus, 1976, gelatin silver print with applied ink, Gift of an Anonymous Donor, © Chuck Close, courtesy Pace Gallery, 77.41

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Title

Klaus

Artist

Chuck Close (American, born 1940)

Date

1976

Medium

gelatin silver print with applied ink

Dimensions (H x W x D)

sheet: 19 5/8 in x 16 3/8 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature; date: [illeg.] 1976, graphite, right margin, bottom [vertical]

title: "Klaus", graphite, top middle

Collection Area

Photography

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of an Anonymous Donor

Accession Number

77.41

Copyright

© Chuck Close, courtesy Pace Gallery

Terms

gelatin silver prints

grids

ink

photographs

portraits

Description

Klaus Kertess was a cofounder of New York City’s Bykert Gallery, which promoted contemporary artists, including Chuck Close, from 1966 until 1975. This photograph served as source material for Close’s large-scale watercolor Klaus, of 1976, and illuminates the artist’s meticulous process. First, the artist drew 936 squares on the image; he then used this grid to transfer his composition to a paper surface measuring more than six feet high by five feet wide. The resulting watercolor painting is an exceptional photorealistic reproduction of the original photograph, which, although heavily creased and marked by ink, stands on its own as a powerful representation of Close’s colleague.

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