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Ilya Bolotowsky
Vibrant Reds
72 1/8 x 48 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Ira S. Agress

Born in Russia, Ilya Bolotowsky lived through World War I and the Russian Revolution, then fled to the United States while still a teenager. The violent upheavals of his early life led to his search for "an ideal harmony and order … a free order, not militaristic, not symmetrical, not goose-stepping, not academic."