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Ilya Bolotowsky
In the Barber Shop
1934
oil
23 7/8 x 30 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor



Primarily an abstract artist, Bolotowsky turned to realism for this barber shop interior. He painted it for the Public Works of Art Project, a government-sponsored New Deal program of support that required artists to paint scenes of American life.