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Red Curve in Relief

  • 2009
  • Ellsworth Kelly
  • Oil on canvas - Two attached panels
  • 195,8 x 149 x 7 cm
The reference to the classic concept of “relief” – as with Green Relief and Concorde Relief, two other works by Kelly in the collection – is key. The shadow created by the upper panel on the white panel below gives the work its intensity and also a particular softness.

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

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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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