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Artist:
Ellsworth Kelly, born Newburgh, NY 1923-died Spencertown, NY 2015  Search this
Medium:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
85 5/8 x 67 3/4 in. (217.5 x 172.1 cm.)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1961
Gallery Label:
Ellsworth Kelly's paintings preserve and intensify his memories of things seen swiftly, fragmented glimpses of "leaves, grass, [and] cracks in the wall." In Blue on White, a curvilinear blue shape dominates the white background. But just as quickly, the angular edges of the white appear to cut into the billowy blue. Kelly isn't interested in assigning meaning to his works. The artist would rather create colors and shapes so intense that they are like three-dimensional objects; as he once said, "To hell with pictures."
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
Object number:
1969.47.63
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Department:
Painting and Sculpture
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 3rd Floor, East Wing
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1969.47.63