Ellsworth Kelly. Automatic Drawing: Pine Branches VI. 1950

Ellsworth Kelly

Automatic Drawing: Pine Branches VI

1950

Medium
Pencil on paper
Dimensions
16 1/2 x 20 1/4" (41.9 x 51.4 cm)
Credit
Gift of the artist
Object number
498.1997
Copyright
© 2017 Ellsworth Kelly
Department
Drawings and Prints
This work is not on view.
Ellsworth Kelly has 247 works online.
There are 14,893 drawings online.

Kelly revived the practice of automatic drawing—most closely associated with the Dadaists and Surrealists of the 1920s and 1930s, who sought to tap into the unconscious mind—in works made either without looking at the paper or while blindfolded. While the lines evoke the horizontal sweep of a pine branch and its needles, the loose form indicates the artist’s surrender of control over the final product.

Gallery label from On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century, November 21, 2010-February 7, 2011

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