Ellsworth Kelly. Study for White Plaque: Bridge Arch and Reflection. (1951)

Ellsworth Kelly Study for White Plaque: Bridge Arch and Reflection (1951)

  • Not on view

Looking at the overall shape of this work, what might first come to mind is an intrinsic relationship to pure geometry. However, like many of the artist's works from this period, this study was inspired by empirical observation: one day in 1951, while crossing the Seine River in Paris, Kelly noticed the black shadow of a bridge's arch and its reflection on the water. In 1955, after his return to New York, Kelly executed a wooden relief repeating this shape but making it larger. In this version, which is also in the Museum's collection, he painted the relief white, distancing the motif from its original source and creating an autonomous pictorial statement.

Gallery label from Focus: Ellsworth Kelly, 2007
Cut-and-pasted colored paper on paper
20 1/4 x 14 1/4" (51.4 x 36.1 cm)
Gift of the artist in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pulitzer, Jr.
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© 2018 Ellsworth Kelly
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