Ellsworth Kelly - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Blum Helman Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1987

  • Exhibited

    New York, Blum Helman Gallery, Ellsworth Kelly: Coral Leaf Drawings, May - June 1987

  • Catalogue Essay

    “I did not want to ‘invent’ pictures, so my sources were in nature, which to me includes everything seen." - Ellsworth Kelly

  • Artist Biography

    Ellsworth Kelly

    American • 1923 - 2015

    Acting as a vital contributor to the Abstract movement, Ellsworth Kelly focused on color and composition. Becoming inspired by ornithology and the bold coloring of birds, Kelly used a two or three pigment color palette — painted flatly and geometrically — on his canvases. While living in Paris, the artist used Monet's late works as a base for experimenting with expressionism and serial work

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Coral Leaf (1)

signed, titled, inscribed and dated “1/13 CORAL LEAF Kelly 1987” on the reverse
graphite on paper
28 x 22 in. (71.1 x 55.9 cm.)
Executed in 1987.

$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $106,250

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 15 May | On View at 432 and 450 Park Avenue