Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015)
Red Cross, 1958 (print before the 1962 painting ‘Red White’)
Lithograph, produced for ‘Derriere le Miroir’ no.110 by Galerie Maeght
28 x 38.1 cm (image)
Mounted, framing options available
This print is from Derriere Le Miroir no.110, published in conjunction with Kelly’s first one-man show show at Galerie Maeght, Paris. The installment of Derriere le miroir effectively represents Kelly's first color printmaking activity and reflects a return to color in the artist's paintings of late 1958 - 1959, after a period of predominantly black and white work. The imagery Kelly provided for the issue relates to the geometric and organic figure - ground paintings of 1954-58.
This print is related to the painting "Red White" 1962 (EK No.290), and to a collage of 1958 (EK No.58.28). The image is also related to a poster Kelly designed for his first painting exhibition at the Galerie Maeght.
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.