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Depression-era Russian-American Artist Exhibited in US

© Gary Andrashko, Illinois State Museum"The Blacksmith" by Leon Garland is on display at the Illinois State Museum.
The Blacksmith by Leon Garland is on display at the Illinois State Museum. - Sputnik International
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The work of a Russian-American artist whose career was cut short by the Great Depression is on display in a retrospective exhibit in Illinois, according to the official website.

WASHINGTON, August 1 (RIA Novosti) – The work of a Russian-American artist whose career was cut short by the Great Depression is on display in a retrospective exhibit in Illinois, according to the official website.

Leon Garland was born in Bobruisk, Russia in 1896 and immigrated to Chicago in 1913, where he became known for his depictions of townscapes and scenes of Russian life, while also experimenting in other media, according to the Illinois State Museum Collections website.

Garland’s work was exhibited internationally, but his career was brief, as exhibition curator David Sokol told Oak Leaves, a local news website that both Garland and his artist wife Sadie were: “…good artists of a particular period of time who had short careers. It was the Depression and their works never really got out into the public.”

This exhibit marks the first time Garland’s work has been displayed alongside his wife’s since 1932. It can be seen from Thursday to September 20 at the Koehnline Museum of Art in Des Plaines, Illinois.

 

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