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John Koch
American, 1909 - 1978

Interlude, 1963
American Painting
Oil on canvas
50 1/8 x 39 7/8 in. (127.3 x 101.3 cm), without frame

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Hawks,  65.12

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John Koch was a master of the tradition of American realism. His warm, intimate, and elegant New York City interiors glow with light that is reflected by well-polished furniture, floors, and silver.

In this painting, the artist's wife (piano teacher Dora Zaslavsky) offers a cup of tea to the nude artist's model, while the artist sits in the background and contemplates his canvas. A variation on the theme of artists and models, Interlude also is an expression of the generosity of human relationships. As one of Zaslavsky's former students wrote, ".her philosophy of care and concern for the individual student helps shape my teaching to this day."

[Summer 2015]

Related Objects:
See two preparatory drawings for this painting: Study for "Interlude" (I) 65.63.1, and Study for "Interlude" (II) 65.63.2