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Portrait of a Woman

Portrait of a Woman

Ivan Gregorovitch Olisnky
Portrait of a Woman
Oil on Wood Panel
Permanent Collection 2013.02.05

Ivan Gregorewitch Olinksy was a Russian- American painter and instructor, born in Ukraine in 1878. His style is categorized as American Impressionism and his works were typically of beautiful women and interior scenes; his work also focuses on the town of Old Lyme in Connecticut. His daughter, Tosca Olinksy, was also a notable artist with the Old Lyme Colony. Olisnky died in New York City, in 1962.

Olinsky trained under the renowned artists, Robert Vonnoh and John Alden Weir, at the National Academy of Design beginning at age 12. In 1914, he was awarded the highly coveted Associate National Academician and was awarded full National Academician status in 1919. He was a member of many clubs and societies; the Artist Fund Society, the National Society of Muralist Painters, the American Watercolor Society, the Salmagundi Club, the National Academy of Design, the Allied Artists of America, the American Federation of the Arts, the Lotus Club, and the American Art Society et al.

Olinsky was awarded dozens of prizes, awards and medals in his lifetime, including the Corcoran Gallery biennials and Allied Artists of America. In his later career, he taught art at the National Academy of Design, the Art Students League, and the Grand Central Art School in New York.​