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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
- Object Type
- Credit Line
Gift of an Anonymous Donor
- Accession Number
© Chuck Close, courtesy Pace Gallery
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.