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Collection Art-2D Collection
Catalog Number 1979.13.2
Object Name Print
Description "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.”
Title Oval Tondo
Date c. 1971
Role of Creator Artist
Creator Bolotowsky, Ilya
Medium ink
Material paper
Technique screenprint
Dimensions H-34.812 W-25.812 inches
Credit line Gift of James E. and Doris G. August
Subjects Neoplasticism
Geometry
Color
Cubism