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Acclaimed American Impressionist Ivan Gregorewitch Olinsky was born in 1878 in Elizabethgrad, Southern Russia and moved to New York in 1890 with his parents. He was a student at the National Academy of Design and also at the Art Students League, and later became a teacher at both schools.
Olinsky lived in Italy and France between 1908 and 1911, where he was strongly influenced by French Impressionist artists. He then returned to New York with his own family and worked in a studio in Greenwich Village. He was a very successful artist during his career and received multiple awards including the prestigious Carnegie Prize from the National Academy of Design in 1929. He is known for his soft, elegant, graceful portraits of women and interior scenes and his use of rich, saturated colors, loose Impressionistic brushwork, and detailed modeling.