Jules Olitski, ‘Passage of Angels’, 2000, Phillips

Property from a Belgian Collector

Signature: signed and dated "Olitski 2000" lower right; further signed, titled and dated "PASSAGE OF ANGELS 2000 Jules Olitski" on the reverse of the backing board and archival rag mat

Estate of Jules Olitski
New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture (gifted by the above)
Private Collection, United States
artnet Auctions, July 31, 2014, lot 100881
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

About Jules Olitski

One of the original Color Field painters to emerge in the 1950s, Jules Olitski was deeply concerned with the physical properties of paint. In his early career, Olitski depicted abstract shapes with thick, heavily impastoed surfaces, but later took to layering thin films of spraypaint onto his canvases, creating a trademark atmospheric effect. Olitski was always drawn to bright color, experimenting with unusual color harmonies and chromatic shifts. He would eventually return to impasto, experimenting with acrylic paints, binders, and gels that were not previously available.

Russian-American, 1922-2007, Snovsk, Russia, based in New York, Islamorada, Florida, and Meredith, New Hampshire