Ellsworth Kelly, ‘Spectrum’, 1953, RMN Grand Palais

Image rights: © Ellsworth Kelly © SFMOMA / photo Katherine Du Thiel

"American Icons: Masterworks from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Fisher Collection"

Venue: RMN Grand Palais, Paris (2015)

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Doris and Donald Fisher collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Helen and Charles Schwab Collection

About Ellsworth Kelly

Since the beginning of his career, Ellsworth Kelly's emphasis on pure form and color and his impulse to suppress gesture in favor of creating spatial unity have played a pivotal role in the development of abstract art in America. A major influence on Pop Art, Minimalism, hard-edge and color field painting, Ellsworth Kelly’s best-known works are distinguished by sharply delineated shapes flatly painted in vivid color, such as Colors for a Large Wall (1951). His abstract paintings are inspired by the interplay of light, space, and color in the architecture around him. In contrast, Kelly’s automatic drawings feature delicate outlines of bodies and flora.

American, 1923-2015, Newburgh, New York, based in New York, New York