The Book, circa 1912-14
Oil on canvas, 30 x 25 inches
Signed Ivan G. Olinsky upper right
Replica American Arts & Crafts Frame
After serving as John La Farge’s mural assistant for a number of years, Ivan Olinsky pursued a career as a successful portrait painter in New York where he was elected a member of The National Academy of Design and also taught.
The Book combines Olinsky’s mastery of figural realization with a modern, decorative sensibility. Contrasting the painterly brushwork of the girl’s kimono with her keenly observed and finely modeled delicate features within a compressed, shallow space, the artist has created an image that is lushly evocative, dynamic, and decidedly contemporary for its time.