Ellsworth Kelly - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Thursday, November 15, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist
    Collection of Dave Hickey, United States

  • Catalogue Essay

    In my painting, the painting is the subject rather than the subject, the painting.

    (Ellsworth Kelly quoted in Ellsworth Kelly: Paintings and Sculptures: 1963-1979, Amsterdam, 1979, p. 34).

  • 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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Study for a Four Panel Painting

oil on paper
7 x 18 in. (17.8 x 45.7 cm)
Signed “Kelly” lower right; further signed, titled, dedicated, and dated “A Study for the Four Panels, Ellsworth Kelly - May 15 2001” on the reverse.
This work is numbered EK D 01.6 by the artist.

$70,000 - 100,000 

Sold for $110,500

Contemporary Art Day Sale

16 November 2012
New York