Blue Diagonal

  • 2008
  • Ellsworth Kelly
  • Oil on canvas, two joined panels
  • 219.5 x 154 x 6.8 cm
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.

© Ellsworth Kelly Foundation. Photographie © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage


Ellsworth Kelly

A major figure in international art, Ellsworth Kelly redefined abstraction in art through a pictorial language of pure forms and vibrant colours inspired by the world around him.

Influenced by artists such as Matisse, Bonnard and Jean Arp, Kelly developed this abstract vocabulary in Paris, where he lived between 1948 and 1954. His canvasses protrude into space, becoming one of the elements of the composition.

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