Study for the Hall of Medical Sciences Mural at the 1939 World's Fair in New York

A work made of oil on canvas.
© Estate of Ilya Bolotowsky/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1938/39

Artist:

Ilya Bolotowsky
American, born Russia, 1907–1981

About this artwork

A pioneer of abstraction, Ilya Bolotowsky created numerous murals for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Federal Art Project. One of Bolotowsky’s early works, this study for a 1939 mural that was later destroyed shows his intent to create an ideal, balanced composition devoid of a dominant form. Strongly influenced by Joan Miró and later by Piet Mondrian, Bolotowsky sought to achieve compositional harmony in his works. Perhaps in response to the turmoil of the 1930s, American abstract artists looked to nonobjective art as a way to attain a sense of stability and equilibrium.

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Artist

Ilya Bolotowsky

Title

Study for the Hall of Medical Sciences Mural at the 1939 World's Fair in New York

Origin

United States

Date

1938–1939

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

76.2 × 121.9 cm (30 × 48 in.)

Credit Line

Wilson L. Mead Fund

Reference Number

1977.1

Copyright

© Estate of Ilya Bolotowsky/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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