Acrylic on canvas, 1958. 1210x1010 mm; 47 3/4x39 3/4 inches. Signed in acrylic, lower right recto.
Ex-collection Harriet Lyons, Portland, Oregon.
Ohlson (1936-2010) was born in Cherokee, Iowa. He attended Bethel College, completed a tour of duty with the United States Marines, then enrolled at the University of Minnesota where he graduated in 1961 with a degree in studio art. He promptly moved to New York where he started his career as an artist and initially came under the influence of Abstract Expressionism. His mature, mid-career work, with its hard-edged geometric compositions, explored the relationship between colors (see lots 206 and 207). From 1964 onward, he exhibited his work consistently in New York, including the Museum of Modern Art's 1968 exhibition "The Art of the Real: 1948-1968" that explored the recent history of geometric art in the United States.