Orange and Green

Orange and Green


Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015)
Orange and Green, 1964
Lithograph, produced for ‘Derriere le Miroir’ no.149 by Galerie Maeght
28 x 38.1 cm (image)

In the fall of 1964, Kelly created a series of collages, related to his ovoid figure-ground paintings of the early 1960's, which formed the basis for 5 lithographic sheets for the November issue of Derrière Le Miroir. The November 1964 installment of Derrière Le Miroir coincided with Kelly's second one-man show at the Galerie Maeght, Paris. Printed by Imprimerie Maeght, Levallois-Perret; published by Maeght Editeur, Paris, 1964. This print was later echoed in the painting "Orange Green, 1966 (EK No.352).
Ellsworth Kelly was a widely influential force in the post-war art world. He first rose to critical acclaim in the 1950s with his bright, multi-paneled and largely monochromatic canvases. Maintaining a persistent focus on the dynamic relationships between shape, form and color, Kelly was one of the first artists to create irregularly shaped canvases. His subsequent layered reliefs, flat sculptures, and line drawings further challenged viewers' conceptions of space. While not adhering to any one artistic movement, Kelly vitally influenced the development of Minimalism, Hard-edge painting, Color Field, and Pop art.

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