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50 1/8 x 39 7/8 in. (127.3 x 101.3 cm)

John Koch
United States (1909 - 1978)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Hawks
Accession Number: 1965.12
Location: Currently on view
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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]

Artist's signature, lower left: Koch '63

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

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Audio Description of John Koch's painting Interlude John Koch's painting Interlude is described in detail for the visually impaired visitor.
Modern Art: Who, What, and Why? Materials accompanying a teacher inservice presentation at MAG Spring 2008
Seeing America Inservice Materials from a teacher in-service presentation Spring 2008
Seeing America Chapter on John Koch's Interlude, written by Susan Dodge-Peters Daiss.
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