Yesterday, we lost a legend.

American artist Ellsworth Kelly passed away at age 92 in New York, and the art world is mourning. For those that may have heard his name before but don’t know much about him or his significance, I decided to pull an old post from a past column of mine on La Dolce Vita, “Art in 5,” where I list some basics on a few popular artists. Get to know a bit about Ellsworth Kelly in 5…

 Taken from original December 4th, 2013 post on La Dolce Vita (with updated graphic):

“I have worked to free shape from its ground, and then to work the shape so that it has a definite relationship to the space around it; so that it has a clarity and a measure within itself of its parts (angles, curves, edges, and mass), and so that, with color and tonality, the shape finds its own space and always demands its freedom and separateness.”
— Ellsworth Kelly

Hello, it’s Erika Brechtel! After 30 installments of “Design Under the Influence” I decided it was time to move on to a fresh new column! If you didn’t know, my B.A. is in Art History, so I thought I would bring some of my background to you, providing you with quick and easy synopses of art periods and artists throughout history. Fun, right? And as I am off to Art Basel in Miami tomorrow, I can’t think of a better time to kick it off! First up, an artist that you may have seen and heard a lot of, but didn’t know much about. Well, consider yourself learn-ed, with my new column “Art in 5″…

art in 5 erika brechtel Ellsworth Kelly

More Ellsworth Kelly:

“Study for Combe II” 1950, cut pasted colored paper pencil


“Spectrum Colors Arranged by Chance VI” 1951, cut pasted colored paper pencil


“Study for ‘Cité’ Brushstrokes Cut into Twenty Squares and Arranged by Chance” 1951, paper collage with ink


“Spectrum Colors Arranged by Chance II” 1951, cut pasted colored paper pencil


Study for Rebound” 1955, ink and pencil on paper


“White over Black” 1963, painted aluminum


“Magnolia” 1965, transfer lithograph from drawing


“Spectrum IV” 1967, oil on canvas, 13 panels


“Cupecoy” 1984, lithograph on paper


“Houston Triptych” 1986


“The Yangtze” from States of the River series, 2005, lithograph


Of course this little post does not do him justice. For more information, please read: “Ellsworth Kelly, Who Shaped Geometries on a Bold Scale, Dies at 92”


Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).

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