Blue Diagonal, 2008
  • © Ellsworth Kelly - Fondation Louis

    Vuitton / Marc Domage

However simple the syntax of a work by Ellsworth Kelly might be, he always constructs each piece as an event.

Blue Diagonal (2008) is formed of two attached panels. One is a dense monochrome white, the result of the successive application of a number of layers. It is a false square fixed on the wall, parallel to the floor. The second panel sits on top of it. It is blue and extends slightly beyond the edges of the first, positioned at an angle. It is not only the colours that contrast, but also the thicknesses of the two canvases. As is often the case with Kelly's work, the strict geometry is used to create optical instability.