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Opalescent Vertical

Ilya Bolotowsky

Contemporary Art

On View: Beaux-Arts Court, West, 3rd Floor
In 1923 Ilya Bolotowsky immigrated with his family to New York from Saint Petersburg. By 1936 he had completed his training at the National Academy of Design, painted his first nonobjective work, and become a founding member of the American Abstract Artists group. Opalescent Vertical is a nearly monochromatic meditation on straight lines and pure forms inspired by the art of Piet Mondrian; abstractions like this one would have been denounced at the time in the Soviet Union, where the censors only recognized Socialist Realism as true Soviet art.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1955
DIMENSIONS 34 x 11 in. (86.4 x 27.9 cm) Frame: 39 x 16 in. (99.1 x 40.6 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Lower right: "Ilya Bolotowsky / 55"
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, West, 3rd Floor
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Brandt
RIGHTS STATEMENT © artist or artist's estate
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CAPTION Ilya Bolotowsky (American, born Russia, 1907-1981). Opalescent Vertical, 1955. Oil on canvas, 34 x 11 in. (86.4 x 27.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Brandt, 78.265. © artist or artist's estate
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Opalescent Vertical