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Ada Looking Over Shoulder

Alex Katz (American, born in 1927)


30.5 x 40.3 cm (12 x 15 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil on panel

On View

Corridor parallel to Huntington Entrance (100.8)


Americas, Contemporary Art



Katz has always painted the people and places he knows well. During a half century of marriage he has made hundreds of paintings of his wife Ada. These works amount to a portrait through time as Ada has aged and changed, testimony to the artist’s love and Ada’s role as muse.


The artist; with Robert Miller Gallery, New York; 1979, purchased by Michael Mazur, Cambridge, MA; gift to MFA, Boston, January 23, 2002.

Credit Line

Gift of Gail and Michael Mazur


© 2012 Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY