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.

Date:

1955

Artist:

Ilya Bolotowsky
American, born 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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American Art

Artist

Ilya Bolotowsky

Title

Grey Diamond

Origin

United States

Date

1955

Medium

Oil on canvas, mounted on panel

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Walter Aitken and Hyacinth Drechney funds

Reference Number

2006.82

Copyright

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

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