Early Geometric #267


Burgoyne Diller (American, 1906–1965)


ca. 1936


Oil on canvas


20 x 24 inches


Purchase through prior acquisition from Alfred Austell Thornton in memory of Leila Austell Thornton and Albert Edward Thornton, Sr., and Sarah Miller Venable and William Hoyt Venable, with gifts of the Alan R. Liederman family and Dr. and Mrs. Joel E. Berenson, with additional funds from the Margaret and Terry Stent Endowment for the Acquisition of American Art and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schwob

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On View

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 310

Deeply influenced by Piet Mondrian (1872–1944) and the Dutch geometric abstractionists, Burgoyne Diller developed compositions of rectilinear shapes and primary colors (in addition to black, white, and gray) that eschewed traditional realism and aimed toward a more universal visual language. In alternating the thickness of his lines and pairing strong colors (red) with weak ones (yellow), Diller deployed simple geometry and a familiar palette to hint at the slightest changes in depth while also asserting the two-dimensionality of the picture plane.

Image Copyright

© Estate of Burgoyne Diller/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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