ILYA

BOLOTOWSKY

(1907 - 1981)

“In the early forties I still used diagonals. A diagonal, of course, creates ambivalent depth, diagonal depth might go either back or forth. It’s not like perspective which goes only one way. … I had to give up diagonals because the space going back and forth was becoming too violent. The diagonal space was getting in the way of the tension on the flat surface. You cannot get an absolute flatness in painting because of the interplay of the colors, the way they feel to us. But you can achieve relative flatness, within which the colors and the proportions might push back and forth creating an extra tension. This tense flatness must not destroy the overall flat tension, which, to my mind, in two-dimensional painting is the most important thing.”

                                                           - Ilya Bolotowsky

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