Ilya Bolotowsky

American, b. 1907, Russia; d. 1981, New York, New York
Ilya Bolotowsky


Bolotowsky lived through turbulent times of World War I and the Russian Revolution before fleeing to the United States and settling in New York as a teenager in 1923. The violence of his childhood led him to create art combining order and harmony. Initially inspired by the work of pure geometric abstraction, Bolotowsky sought to add elements of romanticism and elegance into geometry. In Large Tondo, a subtle tension and rhythm exists between the slightly asymmetrical colors and shapes in the composition and the thin and black horizontal lines locking the circle into place.

Large Tondo


Ilya Bolotowsky, Large Tondo


Title: Large Tondo
Date: 1969
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 79 inches in diameter
Accession Number: P70.1.1
Location: North Concourse








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