Ellsworth Kelly

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Ellsworth Kelly
1923-2015
Seaweed, Bordrouant, Belle Isle
1949
Graphite.
22 x 17 inches (55.9 x 43.2 cm)
Gift of Dorothy Lichtenstein.
2019.9
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Titled and dated on recto in graphite.

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Estate of the artist; collection Dorothy Lichtenstein.
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Kelly developed the abstract paintings for which he is best known from the distillation of forms observed in the world around him. Plants have been a source of inspiration from the beginning of his career, as can be seen in this drawing of seaweed made in 1949 in Brittany. Kelly was particularly drawn to the rhythmic movement created by the curvilinear outlines of the plant and by the variety of marks he could use to render its texture.

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