Ellsworth Kelly is born in Newburgh (New York, USA) in 1923. His work is linked to the minimalist movement. He studies art in New York, Boston and Paris. The young artist moves to Paris between 1948 and 1954, he founds there the orientation of his art. Kelly uses painting as a design element, creating a set of links and relationships between shapes and colors that form a new visual balance. The work of the artist is moving rapidly up the largest abstract simplification. The painting of Ellsworth Kelly takes its full dimension with the space surrounding it. His first exhibition is organized in Paris (1951). Back in New York (1954-1969), he regularly exhibits in international famous museums (Museum of Modern Art in New York, Gallery of Modern Art in Washington, etc.). Kelly begins producing monumental sculptures and receives major public commissions; many exhibitions and retrospectives of his work consecrate Ellsworth Kelly, showing - in the United States and Europe - all facets of his creation (sculpture, prints, paintings).
Bibliography : « Henri Matisse - Ellsworth Kelly : Dessins de plantes », par R. Labrusse et E. de Chassey, Ed. Gallimard, Paris, 2002
DLM n°149 1964 Issue "Derrière le Miroir". Text by Dale McConathy, illustrated with 4 original lithographs in colors (2 in double-page), with an original lihograph in black (in double-page) and with 9 reproductions in black and white. Maeght Editeur, Paris.