Kelly, Ellsworth

Kelly, Ellsworth Biography

American abstract painter and sculptor, best known for his experiments with color. Many of his paintings of the 1950s consist simply of an abstract, carefully defined patch of bright color on a neutral background. Ellsworth Kelly also produced some of the earliest shaped canvases, in which a canvas is stretched over a three-dimensional framework to create the desired shape beneath the paint. Ellsworth Kelly rejected illusionism in his oil paintings, which typically consist of adjacent rectangular panels of flat, uninflected primary colours.

Ellsworth Kelly studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School (1946-48) and at the Academie des Beaux-Arts (1948-49) in Paris. He had his first one-man show in Paris in 1951 and returned to the United States in 1954.

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