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Gregory Orloff

American, (1890–1981)
Gregory Orloff was born in 1890 in Kiev and began his early art training with painter Vyacheslav Korenev at the Kiev Academy of Art. He continued his studies in the United States, first at the National Academy of Design in New York with Charles Curran and Ivan Olinsky, and subsequently with Karl Buehr at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he absorbed his teachers’ preferences for figurative subjects, leisure themes, and the coloristic and decorative effects of Impressionism. Many of Orloff’s paintings from the 1930s feature subjects drawn from daily urban life, leisure, and entertainment with an optimism and accessible narrative style characteristic of American scene painting. Orloff continued to create and exhibit paintings and prints in the 1940s and 1950s, while diversifying his production to encompass illustrations for works of fiction and school textbooks. During these decades, he taught art classes and remained active in the cultural community in and around Union Pier, Michigan, where he had relocated earlier in his career.

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