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Jacob Kainen
Dabrowsky V
1986
oil
80 x 100 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift in honor of Adelyn Dohme Breeskin from her friends



"Dabrowsky" was the original surname of the Russian-born artist John Graham, who had changed his name when he came to America in 1921 following the Bolshevik Revolution. The various soft-edged geometric shapes stand for what Kainen called Graham's "austere, magical personality." Kainen associated the calibrated relationship of the forms and their resulting tension with Graham's intensity and high-strung temperament.