(1922 - 2007)
Russian born color field painter Jules Olitski immigrated to the United States at the age of two and settled in Brooklyn. In 1935, Olitski began his extensive art education by attending informal art schools throughout New York. After service in the war Olitski moved to Paris under the G.I. Bill, where his art took its initial shift towards abstraction. Olitski returned to New York in 1952 and earned his B.A. and M.A. from NYU, soon after his career began to take shape with his first show at the Zodiac Gallery where he met art critic Clement Greenberg.
In 1969, Olitski was given the first solo show by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to a living American artist. His work is collected in museums worldwide including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Tate Modern, London; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and many others.