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Grey Diamond

A work made of oil on canvas, mounted on panel.
© Estate of Ilya Bolotowsky/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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  • A work made of oil on canvas, mounted on panel.




Ilya Bolotowsky (American, born Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire, now Russia, 1907–1981)

About this artwork

A devotee of Neo-Plasticism—the geometric, nonobjective style espoused by Piet Mondrian—Ilya Bolotowsky began to include the diamond shape in his art in 1947. Bolotowsky believed that this unusual means of presentation created a more spacious composition compared to a square canvas of the same size. Grey Diamond contains many principles of Neo-Plasticism: a lack of depth, the elimination of all representational forms, and carefully balanced color. In embracing the movement, Bolotowsky explained, “Nowadays, when paintings torture the retina, when music gradually destroys the eardrum, there must, all the more, be a need for an art that searches for new ways to achieve harmony and equilibrium.”


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Arts of the Americas


Ilya Bolotowsky


Grey Diamond


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1955


Oil on canvas, mounted on panel


129.5 × 129.5 cm (51 × 51 in.); At center: W.: 182.9 cm (72 in.)

Credit Line

Walter Aitken and Hyacinth Drechney funds

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© Estate of Ilya Bolotowsky/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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