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    Gemini G.E.L. 589; Richard Axsom 109

  • 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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Black Variation 1

Lithograph and etching with embossing, on Rives paper, with full margins,
I. 32 1/4 x 24 in. (81.9 x 61 cm);
S. 43 1/4 x 34 in. (109.9 x 86.4 cm)

signed and annotated `AP VIII' in pencil (one of 11 artist's proofs, the edition was 25), published by Gemini G.E.L, Los Angeles (with their blindstamps), the palest light staining, a soft crease at lower right margin, pressure marks in places along the perimeter of the sheet (some with associated minor abrasions), mat staining along the upper sheet edge, otherwise in very good condition, unframed.

$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $3,750

Modern & Contemporary Editions

21 Nov 2010
New York