"Oval Tondo," c. 1971, screenprint by Ilya Bolotowsky. Large red and orange oval, two wide vertical blue bands, and two narrow. It is loose and unmatted with a straight edge.
Signature: in pencil bottom left "71/125" and bottom right "Ilya Bolotowsky" and right bottom "P1 2 144735."
Label from The Collector's Eye (2014):
Oval Tondo, c. 1971
Ilya Bolotowsky (1907–1981), Russian–American
Color serigraph on paper
Gift of James E. and Doris G. August, 1979.13.2
Bolotowsky was a neoplasticist—part of an artistic movement that stripped artwork down to essential forms of straight lines and color in order to explore utopian ideals of harmony and order.
His own artwork focuses on the push and pull, or the tensions, created between color, proportion, and line. He often worked with the round, or “tondo,” format, noting that the straight lines inside pushed away from the curved edge of the circle, creating “a feeling almost of vibration, as with, the plucking of a string.”
|Role of Creator||Artist|
|Dimensions||H-34.812 W-25.812 inches|
|Credit line||Gift of James E. and Doris G. August|