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As the court painter for the Spanish throne in the 17th century, Velazquez cultivated a style of portraiture that displayed the power, pretension and grace valued at that time. Katz contemporizes his self-portrait by depicting himself in his green athletic jacket; clearly an American man of the late twentieth century. 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His flat, broad areas of color and compressed spaces cause the viewer's eyes to skim over the surfaces of these portraits, never to penetrate in search of an interior life. Katz wants the viewer to experience and value the act of seeing without getting caught up in a search for meaning, as he has stated, "I can't think of anything more exciting than the surface of things. Just appearance." 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