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Cadmium Orange of Dr. Frankenstein

1962 Jules Olitski Born: Snovsk, Ukraine, U.S.S.R. 1922 Died: New York, New York 2007 acrylic on canvas 90 3/8 x 80 in. (229.5 x 203.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift from the Vincent Melzac Collection 1980.6.6 Not currently on view


Artwork Description

Color Field Painting emerged in the United States in the 1950s. The movement is characterized by pouring, staining, spraying, or painting thinned paint onto raw canvas to create vast expanses of color. These works — by artists such as Gene Davis, Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, and Jules Olitski — are considered crowning achievements of postwar American abstract art. Washington, DC, washome home to a number of these artists who became known as the Washington Color School. The Smithsonian American Art Museum has one of the largest collections of Color Field painting in the world.

Smithsonian American Art Museum: Commemorative Guide. Nashville, TN: Beckon Books, 2015.

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About Jules Olitski

Born: Snovsk, Ukraine, U.S.S.R. 1922 Died: New York, New York 2007

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