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Early Geometric #267

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Early Geometric #267

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Burgoyne Diller
American, 1906–1965


ca. 1936


Oil on canvas

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20 x 24 inches


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


Deeply influenced by his exposure to the Dutch geometric abstractionists known as De Stijl (“The Style”), Burgoyne Diller developed compositions of rectilinear shapes and primary colors. His early geometric paintings were created in three distinct modes, which he called Themes. This rare example of the Second Theme explores movement generated by the arrangement of color and line. It provides a two-dimensional complement to the Red/Blue Chair by De Stijl architect and designer Gerrit Rietveld on view nearby.


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

Image Copyright

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