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Ellsworth Kelly Art

Ellsworth Kelly (USA, 1923–2015)

Ellsworth Kelly was one of the key figures in postwar American art, exercising major influence on the fields of Pop art, minimalism, Color-Field, and hard-edge painting. Widely known for his brightly colored geometric compositions, he was among the first artists, alongside his contemporary Frank Stella, to use irregularly shaped canvases. Although highly abstract, Kelly’s paintings are precise expressions in color and form of his sensory experience of the world. His works, both two- and three-dimensional, are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and displayed at such sites as the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.


Kelly grew up in the town of Newburgh, New York, near the Oradell Reservoir. He was an avid birder as a child and loved the colorful illustrations of naturalist John James Audubon. Encouraged to study art by a high school teacher, he enrolled at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, remaining there until 1943, when he was inducted into the army. During World War II, he served along with scores of other artists, in a unit known as the Ghost Army, where he learned the elements of camouflage while creating ersatz trucks and tanks intended to mislead Axis forces.


When the war was over, Kelly took advantage of the G.I. Bill to study painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, drawing inspiration from the museum's collections, and, later, at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, in Paris. While in France, he immersed himself in the varied artistic movements and styles represented there and befriended Americans avant-gardists, such as composer John Cage and choreographer Merce Cunningham, as well as the German-French Surrealist Jean Arp and Romanian sculptor Constantin Brâncuși.


Upon his return to the United States, in 1954, he found himself at odds with the dominant style of the period, Abstract Expressionism, which favored a dynamic and energetic application of paint in a loose manner. Like Stella, Kelly was interested in formal precision and explorations of color. Following an exhibition of his work at the Betty Parsons Gallery in 1956, Kelly’s work was included in the "Young America 1957” show at the Whitney Museum of American Art.


During the 1960s, Kelly played with color and form to tease out and celebrate the tension between a painting’s subject and its background. In one of his most famous works, the 1963 Red Blue Green, for example, two shapes, one red, one blue, both contrast and resonate with a green background that extends to the edge of the canvas on both sides, appearing at moments to be the work’s primary shape. To explore this relationship between form and ground further, Kelly began using nontraditional, shaped canvases, as in the monochromatic 1966 Yellow Piece, from, whose two curved corners draws the eye to the wall behind it, as though the gallery wall itself were part of the composition. A lithograph from the same period, Blue and Orange consists of two shapes in the title’s complementary colors facing off against one another with a tension that makes them appear almost animated.


Kelly made drawings and prints throughout his career, using plants and flowers as his primary source of inspiration. Like his paintings, his drawings tend to be relatively flat in perspective, but they are rarely abstract. This 1993 drawing of an oak leaf is clearly representational, but rendered with very minimal color and line. In the mid-1960s, he produced the series “Suite of Twenty-Seven Lithographs” with the Paris-based Maeght Éditeur.


Later, collaborating with Gemini G.E.L., he created very large-scale works, such as 1988’s Purple/Red/Gray/Orange, which is 18 feet long and might be one of the biggest lithographs ever made. Kelly produced 140 sculptures, including the aluminum White Curves, created for the Fondation Beyeler, in Riehen, Switzerland, in 2002. In his three-dimensional works, as in his paintings, Kelly used form, color and light to play with perceptions of surface and depth, inviting viewers to look closely and see the world in a new way.

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Derrière Le Miroir No. 149 (page 8,9)
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original lithograph on smooth wove paper by American artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015) titled "Derrière Le Miroir No. 149 (page 8,9)", 1964. With centerfold as issued. Made for ...
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1960s Minimalist Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Blue/Red-Orange
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original signed lithograph on Special Arjomari paper by American artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015) titled “Blue/Red-Orange”, 1972. Hand pencil signed by Kelly lower right and num...
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1970s Minimalist Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Blue / Black / Red / Green
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
2001 Lithograph in colors Sheet: 24 7/8 x 88 3/4 inches Edition of 45 Signed and numbered in pencil Framed, mint condition
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Early 2000s Color-Field Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Color Panels
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
2011 Lithograph in colors, on wove paper Sheet: 14 x 33 in. Edition of 45 Signed and numbered in pencil Unframed, mint condition
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2010s Minimalist Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Siberian Iris
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Medium: Ink wash on paper Signed in pencil, verso
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1980s Minimalist Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Ink

Nine Squares
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Sheet size: 40 1/2 x 40 1/2 inches Frame dimensions: 49 3/8 x 49 1/4 inches Printer and publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd., Bedford, New York Catalogue raisonné: Axsom 164 Edition size: ...
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1970s Contemporary Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Screen

Small Blue Curve
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Lithograph on Rives BFK paper Edition of 100 Signed and numbered in graphite (lower right recto) Available from Matthew Marks Gallery, New York and Los Angeles
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2010s Abstract Geometric Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

String Bean Leaves III (Haricot Vert III)
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Lithograph on Rives BFK white paper Edition of 75 Signed and numbered in graphite (lower recto) Available from Matthew Marks Gallery, New York and Los Angeles
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1960s Contemporary Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Color Squares 3
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Five color lithograph Edition of 60 Signed and numbered in graphite (lower right recto) Frame: 12 3/4 x 20 1/2 inches; 32 x 52 cm Available from Matthew Marks Gallery, New York and ...
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2010s Abstract Geometric Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Small Red Curve
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Lithograph Edition of 100 Signed and numbered in graphite (lower right recto) Available from Matthew Marks Gallery, New York and Los Angeles
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2010s Abstract Geometric Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Blue and Yellow and Red-Orange
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Medium: Lithograph Sheet size: 35 3/16 x 23 11/16 inches Frame dimensions: 43 5/16 x 31 13/16 inches Printer: Imprimerie Maeght, Levallois-Perret Publisher: Maeght Éditeur, Paris Edi...
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1960s Minimalist Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Mallarmé Suite: Green; 1992; Lithograph printed on Rives BFK wove paper; 29 x 21
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Ellsworth Kelly "Mallarmé Suite: Green" 1992; Lithograph printed on Rives BFK wove paper 29 x 21 1/2 inches; Edition of 40 Signed and numbered verso unframed
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1990s Abstract Geometric Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Mallarmé Suite: Black", 1992; Lithograph; 29" x 21"
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Ellsworth Kelly "Mallarmé Suite: Black" 1992; Lithograph printed on Rives BFK wove paper; 29 x 21 1/2 inches; Edition of 40 Signed and numbered verso
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1990s Abstract Geometric Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Mallarmé Suite: Blue; 1992; Lithograph printed on Rives BFK wove paper; 29 x 21
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Ellsworth Kelly "Mallarmé Suite: Blue" 1992; Lithograph printed on Rives BFK wove paper 29 x 21 1/2 inches; Edition of 40 Signed and numbered verso Unframed
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1990s Abstract Geometric Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

"Blue Gray Green Red" from the Artist for Obama Portfolio; 2008; Lithograph
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Ellsworth Kelly "Blue Gray Green Red" from the Artist for Obama Portfolio 2008; Lithograph on Rives BFK White paper; 12 x 14 inches; Edition of 150 Signed and numbered.
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Early 2000s Abstract Geometric Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Blue/Yellow/Red (Untitled); 1970-1973; Screenprint in colors.
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Ellsworth Kelly "Blue/Yellow/Red (Untitled)" 1970-1973; Screenprint in colors on Strathmore Fairfield Opaque Number 8 paper 26 x 25 1/2 inches; Edition of 100 (There were also 10 a...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Screen

Blue (for Leo) from the portfolio of Leo Castelli's 90th Birthday; 1997
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Ellsworth Kelly "Blue" (for Leo) from the portfolio of Leo Castelli's 90th Birthday 1997; Screenprint; 37 x 27 inches; Edition of 90 Signed and numbered, verso Leo Castelli, a New Y...
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1990s Contemporary Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Screen

Untitled
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Ellsworth Kelly (American, 1923-2015) Untitled, 1997 Lithograph 22 x 24 1/2 inches 55.9 x 62.2 cm Edition of 56 signed and numbered lower edge
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1990s Abstract Geometric Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Light Blue With Orange VI.11
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Austin, TX
Artist: Ellsworth Kelly Title: Light Blue With Orange VI.11 Year: 1965 Medium: Lithograph on Rives paper Signed and numbered in the lower margin Edition number 44/75 (aside from 11 ...
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1960s Minimalist Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Derrière Le Miroir No. 149 (back cover)
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original lithograph on smooth wove paper by American artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015) "Derrière Le Miroir No. 149 (back cover)", 1964. The image was derived from two collages p...
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1960s Minimalist Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Green/White
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL DETAILS Ellsworth Kelly Green/White 1970-1972 Lithograph in green and white with embossing 27 1/2 x 44 3/8 in. Edition of 60, with 9 artist proofs Pencil Signed and number...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Dark Gray and White
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Ellsworth Kelly Dark Gray and White 1977-1979 Screenprint and collage on handmade paper 29 3/4 x 41 5/8 in. Edition of 41 Pencil Signed and Numbered Accompani...
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1970s Minimalist Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Handmade Paper, Screen

Derrière Le Miroir No. 149 (page 11)
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original lithograph on smooth wove paper by American artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015) titled "Derrière Le Miroir No. 149 (page 11)", 1964. Made for Kelly's 2nd collaboration wi...
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1960s Minimalist Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Derrière Le Miroir No. 110 (page 7)
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original lithograph on smooth wove paper by American artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015) "Derrière Le Miroir No. 110 (page 7)", 1958. Made for Kelly's first ever collaboration wit...
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1950s Minimalist Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Derrière Le Miroir No. 110 (page 13)
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original lithograph on smooth wove paper by American artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015) "Derrière Le Miroir No. 110 (page 13)", 1958. Made for Kelly's first ever collaboration wi...
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1950s Minimalist Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Derrière Le Miroir No. 110 (front cover)
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original lithograph on smooth wove paper by American artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015) titled "Derrière Le Miroir No. 110 (front cover)", 1958. Made for Kelly's first ever colla...
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1950s Minimalist Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Derrière Le Miroir No. 110 (back cover)
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original lithograph on smooth wove paper by American artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015) "Derrière Le Miroir No. 110 (back cover)", 1958. Made for Kelly's first ever collaboration...
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1950s Minimalist Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Green Curve, Abstract Artist, Geometric Abstraction, Hard-Edge, Minimalism
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Hamburg, DE
Ellsworth Kelly (American, 1923-2015) Green Curve, 1996 Medium: Lithograph in Green on Rives BFK paper Dimensions: 40.6 × 49.5 cm (16 × 19 1/2 in) Edition of 75: Hand signed and numb...
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Late 20th Century Abstract Geometric Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Ellsworth Kelly-Noir Et Rouge-26" x 20"-Lithograph-1958-Minimalism-Black & White
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Exhibition poster by Ellsworth Kelly for an event held at Galerie Maeght in 1958. Second edition, printed in lithography. Unsigned and not numbered.
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20th Century Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Daffodil
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Medium: Pencil on paper Sheet size: 17 x 13 5/8 inches Frame dimensions: 24 1/2 x 21 1/4 inches Signed with initials in pencil, lower margin
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1980s Post-War Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Pencil

Orange/Green
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original signed lithograph on Special Arjomari paper by American artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015) titled “Orange/Green”, 1970. Hand pencil signed by Kelly lower right and number...
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1970s Minimalist Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Un Coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard.
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
KELLY, Ellsworth. Un Coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard. By Stéphane Mallarmé. 54 ff. Illustrated with 11 lithographs, in black, on ivory wove Rives BKF paper, by Kelly. Fol...
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1990s Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Paper

Wall
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Etching with aquatint on 300-gram Arches Cover paper Edition of 50 Signed and numbered in graphite (lower recto) Frame: 34 1/4 x 30 3/4 inches; 87 x 78 cm Available from Matthew Mar...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Aquatint, Etching

Alianthus Leaves I
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Printer: Imprimerie Arte, Paris Publisher: Maeght Edteur, Paris Catalogue raisonné: Axsom 58 Edition size: 50, plus proofs Signed and numbered in pencil, lower margin
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1960s Minimalist Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Pears III, (A.47)
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A lithograph by Ellsworth Kelly. "Pears III, (A.47)" is a lithograph on paper depicting the soft, drawing of a pear with leaves attached by Post War artist Ellsworth Kelly. Ellsworth...
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1960s Post-War Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Ellsworth Kelly-Red, Yellow, Blue-33.5" x 25.5"-Poster-Minimalism-Blue, Yellow
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Reproduction on heavy Stonehenge paper, wide margins, published by Maeght in Paris and printed on the presses of ARTE in four color offset lithography. The title of this Ellsworth Ke...
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21st Century and Contemporary Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Offset

Ellsworth Kelly-Noir Et Rouge-25.5" x 19.5"-Lithograph-1958-Minimalism-Black
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Poster for an Ellsworth Kelly exhibition which was held at Galerie Maeght. Small pinholes located in each corner of the print.
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20th Century Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

The Prints of Ellsworth Kelly A Catalogue Raisonne 1949-1985-12" x 9"-Book-1987
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Brooklyn, NY
1987 Hudson Hills Press, New York. By Richard H. Axsom. Soft cover in excellent condition, tight binding. 201 pages, illustrated throughout in color and black & white
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20th Century Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Paper

Color Squares 2
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Five color lithograph Edition of 60 Frame available upon request Signed and numbered in graphite (lower recto) Available from Matthew Marks Gallery, New York and Los Angeles
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2010s Abstract Geometric Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

String Bean Leaves III
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Sheet size: 35 1/2 x 24 1/5 inches Printer: Imprimerie Arte, Paris Publisher: Maeght Éditeur, Paris Edition size: 75 + proofs Catalogue raisonné: Axsom 50 Signed and numbered in...
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1980s Minimalist Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Pear II
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
1965-66 Medium: Lithograph Sheet size: 34 5/8 x 23 3/8 inches Frame size: 43 x 31 3/4 inches Printer: Imprimerie Arte, Paris Publisher: Maeght Éditeur, Paris Edition size: 75 +...
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1960s Minimalist Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Pear III
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Sheet size: 35 7/16 x 24 1/2 inches Frame size: 43 3/4 x 33 inches Printer: Imprimerie Arte, Paris Publisher: Maeght Éditeur, Paris Edition size: 75 + proofs Catalogue raisonné: Axso...
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1960s Minimalist Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Colored Paper Image XIV (Yellow Curve)
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Medium: Colored and pressed paper pulp Sheet size: 31 x 32 inches Frame dimensions: 41 1/4 x 40 inches Printer and publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd., Bedford, New York Edition size: 24 ...
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1970s Post-War Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Other Medium

Color Squares 1
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Five color lithograph Edition of 35 Frame available upon request Signed and numbered in graphite (lower right recto) Available from Matthew Marks Gallery, New York and Los Angeles
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2010s Abstract Geometric Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Galerie Maeght
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original lithograph exhibition poster by American artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015) titled "Galerie Maeght", 1958. Printed and published by Maeght Editeur, Paris, on the occasion...
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1950s Minimalist Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Ellsworth Kelly, Red, Lithograph, 2003
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Houston, TX
This piece is exemplary of Ellsworth Kelly's exploration of shape and space. Minimal, striking, and primary in color.
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Early 2000s Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Red Curve
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
2006 1-color lithograph Sheet: 12 x 6 3/4 in. (30.5 x 17.2 cm) Edition of 100 Signed and numbered in pencil
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Early 2000s Minimalist Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Color Squares 3
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
2011 5-color lithograph Sheet: 5 1/4 x 13 1/4 in. (13.3 x 33.7 cm) Edition of 60 Signed and numbered in pencil
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2010s Minimalist Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Color Squares 2
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
2011 5-color lithograph Sheet: 9 x 33 in. (22.9 x 83.8 cm) Edition of 60 Signed and numbered in pencil
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2010s Minimalist Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Color Squares 4
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
2012 5-color lithograph Sheet: 21 x 49 1/2 in. (53.3 x 125.7 cm) Edition of 45 Signed and numbered in pencil
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2010s Minimalist Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Color Panels
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
2011 5-color lithograph Sheet: 14 x 33 in. (35.6 x 83.8 cm) Edition of 45 Signed and numbered in pencil
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2010s Minimalist Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Color Squares 2
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in San Francisco, CA
Edition of 60
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2010s Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Color Squares 4
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in San Francisco, CA
Edition of 45
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2010s Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Derrière Le Miroir No. 110 (page 10, 11)
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original lithograph on smooth wove paper by American artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015) "Derrière Le Miroir No. 110 (page 10, 11)', 1958. With centerfold as issued. Made for Kell...
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1950s Minimalist Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Yellow/Red-Orange
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Printer: Gemini G.E.L. Publisher: Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles Catalogue raisonne: Axsom 66 Edition size: 75 Signed, dated, and numbered, lower margin
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1970s Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

String Bean Leaves III (Haricot Vert III)
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Ellsworth Kelly String Bean Leaves III (Haricot Vert III), 1965-66 From the Plant Lithographs suite Lithograph 35 3/8 x 24 5/8 inches Edition of 75
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1960s Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

Ellsworth Kelly, Black Shape Lithograph, 2003
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Houston, TX
This lithograph is exemplary of Ellsworth Kelly's exploration of shape and space. The piece is minimal and striking and comes from a series of lithographs published by Gemini G.E.L. ...
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Early 2000s Abstract Geometric Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Paper, Lithograph

Derrière Le Miroir No. 149 (page 4, 13)
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original lithograph on smooth wove paper by American artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015) "Derrière Le Miroir No. 149 (page 4, 13)", 1964. With centerfold as issued. In the fall of...
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1960s Minimalist Ellsworth Kelly Art

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Lithograph

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