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Henry Botkin At Childs Gallery

Henry Botkin

American (1896-1983)

Henry Botkin, American (1896-1983)

Henry Albert Botkin was born in Boston, Massachusetts on April 5th, 1896. After his early training at the Massachusetts School of Art, he moved to New York City. Botkin took classes in drawing and illustration at the Art Students League and worked as an illustrator for Harper’s, The Saturday Evening Post, and Century magazines.

Botkin remained in New York City for eight years and then in the early 1920s, he moved to Paris to devote himself exclusively to painting. He made regular trips to the south of France, especially St. Tropez. He held his first European exhibition in Paris at the Billiet Gallery in 1927. In addition to working on his own painting, Botkin acted as agent purchasing works by outstanding artists for prominent collectors, including his cousin George Gershwin.

Botkin returned to New York in 1930 and married Rhoada Lehman and in 1934 joined Gershwin in Folly Island, South Carolina. Botkin and Gershwin worked simultaneously; Gershwin composing the opera, Porgy and Bess and Botkin painting scenes from the life of the American Negro in the South. Botkin also encouraged his cousin to paint and after Gershwin’s death in 1937, he arranged an exhibition of Gershwin’s work at Avery Fisher Hall.

In the late 1930s, Henry Botkin began to develop a new approach to his painting. He moved away from the earlier impressionist influence and turned to abstraction. Botkin took an active role in bringing abstract art into greater public awareness and served as president of four major art organizations including: The Artist’s Equity Association, The American Abstract Artists, Group 256 in Provincetown, and the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors. In 1955 Botkin arranged the first exhibition of American abstract art at the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, Japan. He also organized the sale of five hundred and forty paintings at the Whitney Museum in New York, 1959. Botkin spoke on the radio, “The Voice of America,” television, lead panel discussions throughout the country, and lectured and taught privately in New York, California, and Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Botkin became interested in working with collage in the early 1950s and collage dominated his work from the 1960s until his death in 1983. Childs Gallery is the sole agent for the estate of Henry Botkin.

Rocks
Shadows
Red Painting
Blue Spot
A Windy Day
The Wind
Red Landscape
Painting By Insert: Blue Space At Childs GalleryQuick View
44×3334IN.
$15,000
Blue Space
Painting By Henry Botkin: [untitled] At Childs GalleryQuick View
3334×4234IN.
$15,000
[Untitled]
Painting By Henry Botkin: Portrait Blues At Childs GalleryQuick View
22×34IN.
$9,000
Portrait Blues
Painting By Henry Botkin: Fiddler At Childs GalleryQuick View
2412×30IN.
$8,500
Fiddler
Mixed Media By Henry Botkin: [untitled] At Childs GalleryQuick View
12×9IN.
$2,400
[Untitled]
By Henry Botkin: [untitled Abstract In Yellow And Pink] At Childs GalleryQuick View
8×1034IN.
$2,250
[Untitled Abstract in Yellow and Pink]
Collage By Henry Botkin: Nature Song At Childs GalleryQuick View
9×10IN.
$2,250
Nature Song
Painting By Henry Botkin: Rider In The Park At Childs GalleryQuick View
24×20IN.
$6,500
Rider in the Park
Collage By Henry Botkin: Guro Iii At Childs GalleryQuick View
33×19IN.
$8,500
Guro III
Mixed Media By Henry Botkin: Dancer At Childs GalleryQuick View
17×9IN.
$2,500
Dancer
Painting By Henry Botkin: Surging At Childs GalleryQuick View
14×16IN.
$3,500
Surging
Collage By Henry Botkin: Ritual No. 4 At Childs GalleryQuick View
18×18IN.
$4,500
Ritual No. 4
Watercolor by Henry Botkin: Provincetown [Massachusetts], represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
16×21IN.
$2,200
Provincetown [Massachusetts]
Collage By Henry Botkin: Theatre At Childs GalleryQuick View
9×5IN.
$1,400
Theatre
Watercolor by Henry Botkin: The Table, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
17×23IN.
$2,200
The Table
Watercolor by Henry Botkin: Highland Light [Cape Cod], represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
13×14IN.
$1,600
Highland Light [Cape Cod]
Painting by Henry Botkin: The Meeting, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
25×19IN.
$4,500
The Meeting
Collage By Henry Botkin: Dominant Green At Childs GalleryQuick View
12×18IN.
$5,000
Dominant Green
Painting By Henry Botkin: Riders By The Sea At Childs GalleryQuick View
17×21IN.
$6,500
Riders by the Sea
Watercolor by Henry Botkin: Still Life with Decanter, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
18×22IN.
$2,800
Still Life with Decanter
Mixed media by Henry Botkin: [Abstract in Black and Red], represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
12×9IN.
$1,100
[Abstract in Black and Red]
Painting By Henry Botkin: The Concert At Childs GalleryQuick View
18×21IN.
$6,500
The Concert
Collage By Henry Botkin: Etude No. 4 At Childs GalleryQuick View
7×4IN.
$975
Etude No. 4
Painting By Henry Botkin: Giglio Ii At Childs GalleryQuick View
24×29IN.
$5,500
Giglio II
Painting By Henry Botkin: Interplay At Childs GalleryQuick View
43×33IN.
$16,000
Interplay
Painting By Henry Botkin: Self Portrait At Childs GalleryQuick View
29×25IN.
$8,000
Self Portrait
Collage By Henry Botkin: Soft Pink At Childs GalleryQuick View
8×6IN.
$1,500
Soft Pink
Painting By Henry Botkin: The Cove At Childs GalleryQuick View
15×19IN.
$6,000
The Cove
Painting By Henry Botkin: Untitled At Childs GalleryQuick View
30×24IN.
$5,500
Untitled
Painting By Henry Botkin: Untitled At Childs GalleryQuick View
18×13IN.
$2,200
Untitled
Painting By Henry Botkin: Winter Weather At Childs GalleryQuick View
20×15IN.
$6,000
Winter Weather
Painting By Henry Botkin: [people On Beach] At Childs GalleryQuick View
19×27IN.
$6,500
[People on Beach]
Mixed media by Henry Botkin: Blue Painting, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
21×25IN.
$8,500
Blue Painting
Painting By Henry Botkin: Resurrection At Childs GalleryQuick View
26×37IN.
$9,500
Resurrection
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