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Burgoyne Diller papers, 1924-1987

Burgoyne Diller papers, 1924-1987

Diller, Burgoyne, 1906-1965


Collection Information

Size: 1.4 linear feet

Biographical/Historical Note

Burgoyne Diller (1906-1965) was a painter in New York, N.Y. Diller was associated with abstract painting, particularly Neoplasticism.


Notebooks, clippings, letter, Christmas card and 77 sketches/studies donated 1983 and 1995 by Kenneth Prescott, who received them from the Diller estate.228 sketches/studies and fragments donated 1992 by the Grace Diller estate via William C. LaCrone, executor. Additional sketches and studies by Diller donated 2010 by Emma-Stina Prescott.

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Scope and Contents

The collection documents the abstract painter's career and includes two letters, a notebook, four annotated sketchbooks, art work, and clippings. The collection primarily consists of art work, including hundreds of drawings that document the development of Burgoyne Diller's unique artistic style.

The dismantled notebook includes Hans Hofmann's notes about lectures and theories and is illustrated with diagrams and drawings. Also found are miscellaneous booklets. There is also a series of 4 sketchbooks, and hundreds of drawings, collages, and a lithograph that document the development of his style. The media of the art work includes pencil, charcoal, conte crayon, pastel, ink, and cardboard strips.

Additional artwork donated 2010 includes sketches and studies by Diller, 1930-1987.

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