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Second Tremor

© Estate of Jules Olitski / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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Second Tremor

© Estate of Jules Olitski / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Jules Olitski

American, born Snovsk, Russia (now Shchors, Ukraine), 1922-2007

Second Tremor, 1969

acrylic on canvas

support: 105 1/4 x 75 3/4 inches (267.335 x 192.405 cm); framed: 106 1/4 x 77 1/8 x 2 inches (269.88 x 195.9 x 5.08 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1970

K1970:17

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Paintings

Work Type

Acrylic painting (visual work)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Jules Olitski’s began using spray guns to apply paint following a conversation he had in the early 1960s while teaching at Bennington College in Vermont. Accompanied by a fellow instructor, British sculptor Anthony Caro, he had taken his class to visit his friend Kenneth Noland’s studio. Olitski recalled, “Tony says he wants for his sculpture to emphasize the density, the materiality of steel. Without thinking I said I want the opposite for my painting. . . . Later that night, falling asleep, I saw it in my mind’s eye, a flow of paint indeed; colors merging. Paradise. I rented a spray gun the next day.” In contrast to many of his earlier spray paintings, which were thick and featured distinct shapes, Second Tremor is soft and atmospheric. Although there are touches of green, white, blue, and gold, the dominant hues are yellow and purple, which are complementary colors—opposites on a color wheel. When placed side by side, complementary colors intensify each other, an effect Olitski took advantage of in this work.

Label from Sincerely Yours: Treasures of the Queen City, July 5–September 14, 2014

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