Liuboslav Hutsaliuk (Ukrainian-American, 1923-2003). Abstract cityscape, oil on canvas. 1974. Signed and dated at lower left. A mesmerizing composition painted by one of the best known Ukrainian artists residing in the United States during the 20th century. Liuboslav Hutsaliuk (whose first name was also spelled Lubomyr, Luboslau, Ljuboslav, or shortened to Lubo and surname also spelled Hucaljuk) is best known for his neo-impressionist cityscapes, landscapes and still lifes. This painting is an outstanding example of his work, delineated in a warm, sunny palette of yellows, oranges, reds, creams, and browns and showcasing his "bold and aggressive impasto technique and lyric color." (Ukrainian Weekly, 28 December 2003) Size: 20" W x 16" H (50.8 cm x 40.6 cm); 25.625" W x 21.375" H (65.1 cm x 54.3 cm) framed.
Le Hors-Cote waxed poetically about Hutsaliuk in 1959, "This urban landscape artist seems to inlay his colors into the canvas to give us cityscapes that haunt us with their new faces."(Ukrainian Weekly, 28 December 2003) During the 1960s, Hutsaliuk became associated with the Soyuzivka, a Ukrainian American artistic center in New York City. In addition to being a masterful painter, Hutsaliiuk was also a caricaturist and cartoonist. His drawings were published in the satirical journal "Lys Mykyta". Furthermore, Hutsaliuk published art reviews in the newspaper "Svoboda" as well as the journal "Suchasnist". Hutsaliuk's works may be found internationally in collections in France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, as well as the Palm Springs Desert Museum and Vermont Arts Center in United States. (Ukrainian Weekly, 28 December 2003 and Liuboslav Hutsaliuk - AskART)
Provenance:ex-Damien and Oksana Lishchyssky, the painting was a gift from the artist himself, Liuboslav Hutsaliuk, between 1950s and 1980s, as the Lishchysskys were close friends of Hutsaliuk - Painting is accompanied by a notarized letter from Lada Lishchyssky attesting to this provenance.
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Signed and dated at lower left. Handwritten in pencil on stretcher, "Village (?)". Painting is in excellent condition. Frame shows minor nicks here and there but is otherwise very good.