Pale Blue II (from "Five Prints Part II")

Pale Blue II (from "Five Prints Part II")

Artist: Jules Olitski (American ; 1922-2007)

Copy Right Holder: Artist or artist's estate

Copy Right Holder: VAGA at Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York

Date: 1970
Dimensions:
sheet: 35 × 26 in. (88.9 × 66 cm)
Classification: PRINTS
Credit Line: Gift of Thomas J. Branchick
Object number: M.2014.19.3
DescriptionTypical of Olitski's color field work, with the blue shade the subject of the piece rather than simply a means to depict the subject. In the bottom left and right corners, Olitski's experimentation with spray painitng is on display. He approached printmaking much as he did painting. Like the canvases of the period, the silkscreens are more or less unbroken expanses of saturated high key color, punctuated by incidents confined to the edges. He used the orange particles to further intensify the viewer's connection with the blue by creating a vibrant yet subtle contrast of complementary colors at the print's edges. This is part of a series called "Five Prints Part II" that consists of two-hued prints in various colors [crimson-orange; orange-ochre; pink-grey; and pink-yellow].
Catalogue raisonné: Wilkin & Long #51
Inscribed: signed l.r.; verso l.l. in pencil: Olitski/ Pale Blue
Portfolio: Five Prints Part II
Edition: 31/150
Terms
  • abstract
Not on view