Ivan Gregorovitch Olinsky


Distinguished as a painter and teacher, Olinsky (1878-1962) is best known for portraits and images of fremale figures in interiors, which he rendered in a vivid impressionist style. Born in the Ukraine, Olinsky immigrated with his family to the U.S. at a young age. He enrolled in the National Academy of Design at age 16 and ultimately went to work for John La Farge as a studio assistant.

Olinsky continued to work for La Farge until 1906, when he left for Europe. For the following three years, he lived in Venice. Rendered presumably during these years, Venice Waterfront demonstrates Olinsky’s inventive use of cropping to create a near-abstract designs. Offsetting the strong gold-yellows in lateen sails against the blues of the water and pinks and lavenders of the shore, he expressed the brilliance of Venetian sunlight.

Provenance: The artist, through descent in the family to grandson, Spanierman Gallery
Norman, OK, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, The University of Oklahoma,American Artists from the Russian Empire, Oct. 4, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009 (traveled to: St. Petersburg, The State Russian Museum, Feb.-May 2009; Moscow, The State Tretyakov Gallery, Jun.-Sept. 2009; San Diego, CA, The San Diego Art Museum, Oct. 10, 2009-Jan. 3, 2010), (154 color illus.)
American Artists from the Russian Empire, St. Petersburg: The State Russian Museum, 2009, 154 color illus., cat. 28

Olinsky’s work is held by, among others, the Brooklyn Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, the Butler Art Institute.

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Ivan Olinsky
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c. 1906-1907

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