Oil on canvas
Unframed: 47.3 x 62.9 cm (18 5/8 x 24 3/4 in.)
Contemporary Collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art 1965.3
© The Estate of Ilya Bolotowsky / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Unlike his contemporaries, Bolotowsky painted many works on oval, circular, or diamond-shaped canvases.
Bolotowsky had a difficult childhood, which entailed immigrating to New York from Russia via a two-year interlude in Constantinople. After the “violent historical upheavals in my early life,” he once stated, “I came to prefer a search for an ideal harmony and order.” These qualities are manifest in White Oval, one of the artist’s most serene compositions.
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