Verso, in black wax pencil, u.l. of canvas: TOP/70 x 78/Bathsheba/9 18 [encircled] 1959/ Olitski; label, l. portion of horizontal support member: SL. 69.188.2 [red typescript]/LANNAN/BATHSHEBA I/by Olitski [black typescript]; in red paint, l.r. corner brace: 1959.9
198.44 cm x 179.07 cm x 5.4 cm (78 1/8 in. x 70 1/2 in. x 2 1/8 in.)
A white square with yellow color, in various hues, covering most of its area. There are geometric shapes within this yellow form. In the center is a light yellow circle with four dark yellow circles within its four quadrants. At the very center of the circle is a small circle, surrounded by four cross shapes. There are two light yellow arrows, one pointing right above the circle and one pointing left below the circle.
This work is one of ten prints published within a portfolio, “Ten Works + Ten Painters”, commissioned by Samuel J. Wagstaff from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum in 1964. This portfolio was one of the earliest to have several artists published together to make major American artists accessible to a wider audience and range of collectors. Each print in this portfolio was based on a painting the artists had previously created. Some of the artists represented, in addition to Robert Ortman, are Robert Motherwell, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, Ellsworth Kelly and Roy Lichtenstein who were associated with the Pop and Minimalism art movements in the 1960s.