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The Henry Botkin collection consists of 150 works in oil, pastel, and collage produced by the artist from the 1930s through the 1960s. It is considered one of the most important single collections held at the Hilliard. Henry Botkin (American, 1896-1983) was born and raised in Boston, and studied at the Massachusetts College of Art before moving to New York and continuing his studies at the Art Students League. Botkin had the good fortune to have a very close relationship with his first cousins George and Ira Gershwin, who supported him on an extended stay in Paris in the 1920s. Botkin began in the late 1930s to move away from the School of Paris Modernism that he had adopted after he left Boston.

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