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llya Bolotowsky (1907-1981)


Plate IV
(Print 63/125, 1968)

Born to Jewish parents in St. Petersburg, Russia, Ilya Bolotowsky immigrated to America in 1923 via Constantinople, settling in New York City. He attended the National Academy of Design. He came under the influence of the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian and adopted his mentor's use of horizontal and vertical geometric pattern and a palette restricted to primary colors and neutrals. He was one of the founding members of the American Abstract Artists, a cooperative formed to promote the interests of abstract painters and to increase understanding between themselves and the public.

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