Jules Olitski


Jules Olitski (1922-1977) is one of the most collected and accomplished artists associated with the color-field movement, if not 20th century American abstraction. 

This intimate pastel drawing is from a pivotal point in Olitski's career - the year he transitions away from naive color field creations (featuring playful ovoids) discovering his radical spray painting technique.

Olitski's first chapter of artistic creation, and this drawing is included, is the most sought after and hardest to find. Over the last 60+ years there have been less than a dozen such drawings to come on the secondary market.  

This drawing is emblematic of the stain paintings of the era; large lopsided round shapes attempt to dominate the picture plane, intimidating other smaller forms and colors, whether mini circles or soft borders. 

Olitski is not always an easy abstract artist. Many of his works, especially in the 1970's require a deep investigation of material and an understanding of how abstraction was evolving. 

However, the works from the early 1960's are the friendliest, most visceral and accessible. 

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Pastel on colored paper

Signed by the artist.

USA, 1964

11.5"H 8.5"W (work, visible)

18"H 15"W (framed, with museum glass)

Very good condition.

Detailed condition report by request 

Provenance: Kasmin Gallery, London

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