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"Eden Cove"
Jules Olitski
1996, watercolor on all rag paper, 18" x 24"

Jules Olitski was considered one of the greatest color field artists during his long lifetime. Born in Snovsk Russia, in 1922, he was a painter and sculptor, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an Associate National Academician. He was one of the original color field painters who rose to prominence in the 1960s. His work was internationally known and represented in many major permanent and public collections.

From his island home on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, he was inspired to move from color field abstraction to painting landscapes. Dodie Kazanjian of The New Yorker described his landscape paintings as "unabashed, recognizable, and …gorgeous" in a review of Olitski's exhibit at the Thorne in 1996.


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