Absalom Passage—18Artist(s)Jules OlitskiArtist NationalityAmerican (North American)Object Creation Date1973Medium & Supportacrylic on canvasDimensions
72 in x 99 3/4 in (182.88 cm x 253.37 cm);99 3/4 in x 72 in (253.37 cm x 182.88 cm)Subject matter
Here, Olitski creates a canvas that is almost entirely one-solid color which has been applied with a spray gun. Olitski, one of the most prominent color field painters of the time, drew his inspiration for color and painting from Renaissance use of light and color, especially in terms of their development of dramatic effects of light and chiarascurro. With paintings such as this one, Olitski applies this inspiration to the modernity of the time in which he was working. Though the color of this painting is simple, it's allover application has a captivating effect and the enormity of the canvas draws the viewer in to its presence. The name of this painting, Absalom, comes from the biblical figure, the third son of David who plotted to seize the throne from his father, but that narrative is not referenced in this abstract painting.Physical Description
Olitski has covered nearly the entire canvas in the same grey acrylic using a spray gun. On the right side of the canvas, there is a group of vertical lines in red, blue, and white. Primary Object Classification Painting Primary Object TypeabstractCollection AreaModern and ContemporaryRights
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modern and contemporary art