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Artist Ellsworth Kelly photographed in his studio with his latest work
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
Artist Ellsworth Kelly photographed in his studio with his latest work in October 1968. This was printed in 2010 when work began on restoring and printing Jack Mitchell's best color ...
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1960s Pop Art Color Photography

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Archival Pigment

Untitled
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Ellsworth Kelly Untitled, 1972 Color lithograph on paper 34 3/8 x 27 in. (87.3 x 68.6 cm) Edition of 125 Signed, numbered, and dated by the artist on recto. This print was publishe...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Paper, Lithograph

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H 34.38 in. W 27 in.
"Eight By Eight" by Ellsworth Kelly
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Stamford, CT
A lithograph by Ellsworth Kelly titled "eight by eight" in blue. Archivally framed using archival materials in a 12-karat white gold leaf frame with ebonized walnut edge. This ...
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Vintage 1980s American Modern Contemporary Art

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Paper

  • "Eight By Eight" by Ellsworth Kelly
  • "Eight By Eight" by Ellsworth Kelly
  • "Eight By Eight" by Ellsworth Kelly
  • "Eight By Eight" by Ellsworth Kelly
H 29 in. W 41 in. D 2 in.
Ellsworth Kelly, Black Shape Lithograph, 2003
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Houston, TX
This lithograph is exemplary of Ellsworth Kelly's exploration of shape and space. The piece is minimal and striking and comes from a series of lithographs published by Gemini G.E.L. ...
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Early 2000s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

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Paper, Lithograph

Ellsworth Kelly Yellow and Orange Lithograph
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Stamford, CT
Ellsworth Kelly "Yellow and Orange" lithograph from "Series of Ten Lithographs". Published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles. Newly framed using acid free materials with UV protective Pl...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Ellsworth Kelly 'Black and White Pyramid' 1973 Print
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Kelly's 'Black and White Pyramid' is a screenprint with embossing, on Arjomari paper, with full margins. It is signed in pencil and part of an edition of 50. Image Dimensions: 22 3/4...
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1970s Contemporary Figurative Prints

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Screen

Untitled -- Screen Print, Minimalism, Geometric Abstraction by Ellsworth Kelly
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in London, GB
ELLSWORTH KELLY Untitled, 1973 Screenprint, on BFK Rives paper Signed and numbered from the edition of 300 With the artist's copyright inkstamp verso From The New York Collection fo...
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1970s Minimalist More Prints

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Screen

Orange -- Lithograph, ACT, Minimalism, Geometric Abstraction by Ellsworth Kelly
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in London, GB
ELLSWORTH KELLY Orange, 2004 Lithograph in colours, on Rives BFK white paper Signed and numbered from the edition of 250 From Artists Coming Together to Benefit Democratic Presidenti...
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Early 2000s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Ellsworth Kelly 1951 Galerie Maeght Rare Screen Print Poster "Tendance"
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Sharon, CT
Offering a very rare (not noted in Waldman 'Ellsworth Kelly drawings, collages, prints' 1971.) and extremely important poster for what was perhaps Kelly's first (group) exhibition. S...
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Mid-20th Century French Minimalist Prints

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Paper

"Ellsworth Kelly" Art Book by Tricia Y. Paik 1st Edition
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in San Diego, CA
"Ellsworth Kelly" art book by Tricia Y. Paik, an illustrated celebration of Ellsworth Kelly, who will forever be remembered as one of the most distinctive and influential artists of ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Books

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Paper

2005 Ellsworth Kelly 'Red, Yellow, Blue' Minimalism Red,Yellow,Blue,Black France
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 26.3 x 19.5 inches ( 66.802 x 49.53 cm ) Image Size: 19.5 x 19.5 inches ( 49.53 x 49.53 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling Addit...
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Early 2000s Prints and Multiples

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Offset

After Ellsworth Kelly-Noir Et Rouge-25.5" x 19.5"-Lithograph-1958-Minimalism
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Poster for an Ellsworth Kelly exhibition which was held at Galerie Maeght. Small pinholes located in each corner of the print.
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20th Century Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

Black Yellow
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION: Ellsworth Kelly Black Yellow 1970 - 72 Lithograph 34 x 39 3/4 in. Edition of 55 Pencil signed and numbered Accompanied with COA by Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art ...
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1970s Minimalist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Untitled (for Obama) -- Lithograph, Geometric, Abstract, Minimalism by Kelly
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in London, GB
ELLSWORTH KELLY Untitled (for Obama), 2012 Lithograph in black, on Rives BFK white wove paper Signed and numbered from the edition of 150 From Artists for Obama Printed and published...
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2010s Minimalist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Artist Ellsworth Kelly in his studio
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
8 x 10" vintage silver gelatin photograph of artist Ellsworth Kelly photographed in his studio, October 1967. This is a print that was published by a newspaper or magazine which they...
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1960s Pop Art Black and White Photography

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Silver Gelatin

Artist Ellsworth Kelly photographed at his New York studio
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of artist Ellsworth Kelly photographed at his New York studio in 1967. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of...
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1960s Pop Art Black and White Photography

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Silver Gelatin

Color Panels
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Printer and Publisher: Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, California Signed and numbered in pencil, lower margin Catalogue raisonné: Axsom 334
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2010s Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

Green Curve, Abstract Artist, Geometric Abstraction, Hard-Edge, Minimalism
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Hamburg, DE
Ellsworth Kelly (American, 1923-2015) Green Curve, 1996 Medium: Lithograph in Green on Rives BFK paper Dimensions: 40.6 × 49.5 cm (16 × 19 1/2 in) Edition of 75: Hand signed and numb...
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Late 20th Century Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Dark Blue with Red
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Printer: Imprimerie Maeght, Levallois-Perret Publisher: Maeght Editeur, Paris Catalogue raisonné: Axsom 10 Edition size: 75, plus proofs Signed and numbered in pencil, lower mar...
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1960s Minimalist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Artist Ellsworth Kelly photographed at his New York studio
By Jack Mitchell
Located in Senoia, GA
11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of artist Ellsworth Kelly photographed at his New York studio in 1967. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of...
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1960s Pop Art Black and White Photography

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Silver Gelatin

Blue/Red-Orange
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original signed lithograph on Special Arjomari paper by American artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015) titled “Blue/Red-Orange”, 1972. Hand pencil signed by Kelly lower right and num...
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1970s Minimalist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Jaune Sur Bleu
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Sku: GM1012 Artist: Ellsworth Kelly Title: Jaune Sur Bleu Year: 1965 Signed: No Medium: Lithograph Paper Size: 26 x 20 inches ( 66.04 x 50.8 cm ) Image Size: 26 x 20 inches ( 66.04 x...
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1960s Minimalist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Colored Paper Image XX (Brown Square with Blue), from Colored Paper Images
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
1976 Colored and pressed paper pulp, the full sheet Sheet: 32 1/4 x 31 1/8 in. (81.9 x 79.1 cm) Edition of 22 Signed and numbered in pencil, lower margin Framed, excellent condition
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1970s Color-Field Abstract Prints

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Handmade Paper, Pigment

Magnolia
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Printer: Imprimerie Arte, Paris Publisher: Maeght Éditeur, Paris Catalogue raisonné: Axsom 56 Signed and numbered in pencil, lower margin
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1960s Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

  • Magnolia
  • Magnolia
  • Magnolia
  • Magnolia
H 24.25 in. W 34.75 in.
Lemon Branch
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Printer: Imprimerie Arte, Paris Publisher: Maeght Éditeur, Paris Signed and numbered in pencil, lower margin Though best known for his abstract and minimalist paintings and sculptu...
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1960s Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

  • Lemon Branch
  • Lemon Branch
  • Lemon Branch
  • Lemon Branch
H 35.375 in. W 24.125 in.
Derrière Le Miroir No. 149 (front cover)
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original lithograph on smooth wove paper by American artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015) "Derrière Le Miroir No. 149 (front cover)", 1964. The image was derived from two collages ...
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1960s Minimalist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Black/Brown
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Printer: Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles Publisher: Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles Edition size: 50, plus proofs Catalogue raisonné: Axsom 79 Signed and numbered, lower margin
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1960s Minimalist Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

String Bean Leaves III
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Sheet size: 35 1/2 x 24 1/5 inches Printer: Imprimerie Arte, Paris Publisher: Maeght Éditeur, Paris Edition size: 75 + proofs Catalogue raisonné: Axsom 50 Signed and numbered in...
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1980s Minimalist Still-life Prints

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Lithograph

Peach Branch
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Printer: Gemini, G.E.L., Los Angeles; Publisher: Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles; Catalogue raisonné: Axsom 93; Signed and numbered, in pencil
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1970s Still-life Prints

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Lithograph

Yellow with Dark Blue (Jaune avec bleu foncé)
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Austin, TX
Artist: Ellsworth Kelly Title: Yellow with Dark Blue (Jaune avec Bleu Foncé), from the Suite of Twenty-Seven Color Lithographs Year: 1964-65 Medium: Lithograph in colors, on Rives BF...
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1960s Minimalist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Light Blue with Orange (Bleu clair avec orange) VI.11
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Austin, TX
Artist: Ellsworth Kelly Title: Light Blue with Orange (Bleu clair avec orange) from Suite of Twenty-Seven Color Lithographs One from a series of twenty-seven lithographs Year: 1964-1...
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1960s Minimalist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Light Blue with Orange
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Sheet size: 35 1/4 x 23 5/8 inches Printer: Imprimerie Maeght, Levallois-Perret, France Publisher: Maeght Editeur, Paris Edition size: 75, plus proofs Signed and numbered, lower margin
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1960s Minimalist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Blue and Yellow and Red-Orange
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Medium: Lithograph Sheet size: 35 3/16 x 23 11/16 inches Frame dimensions: 43 5/16 x 31 13/16 inches Printer: Imprimerie Maeght, Levallois-Perret Publisher: Maeght Éditeur, Paris Edi...
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1960s Minimalist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Blue over Green
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Printer: Imprimerie Maeght, Levallois-Perret, France Publisher: Maeght Editeur, Paris Edition size: 75, plus proofs Catalogue raisonné: Axsom 26 Signed and numbered, lower margin
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1960s Contemporary Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Black over Yellow
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Printer: Imprimerie Maeght, Levallois-Perret Publisher: Maeght Editeur, Paris Edition size: 75, plus proofs Signed and numbered in pencil, lower margin
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1960s Minimalist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Orange/Green
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original signed lithograph on Special Arjomari paper by American artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015) titled “Orange/Green”, 1970. Hand pencil signed by Kelly lower right and number...
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1970s Minimalist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Dracena II
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Printer: Gemini, G.E.L., Los Angeles Publisher: Gemini, G.E.L., Los Angeles Catalogue raisonné: Axsom 213 Edition size: 30, plus proofs Signed and numbered in pencil, lower right
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1980s Minimalist Still-life Prints

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Lithograph

Orange and Blue over Yellow
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Printer: Imprimerie Maeght, Levallois-Perret, France Publisher: Maeght Editeur, Paris Edition size: 75, plus proofs Catalogue raisonné: Axsom 30 Signed and numbered, lower margin
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1960s Minimalist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Leaf IV
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Portfolio: Twelve Leaves Printer: Gemini G.E.L. Publisher: Gemini, G.E.L., Los Angeles Edition size: 20, plus proofs Signed, titled, and numbered in pencil, lower right
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1970s Contemporary Still-life Prints

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Lithograph

Green/White
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Printer: Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles Publisher: Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles Edition size: 60, plus proofs Catalogue raisonné: Axsom 81 Signed, numbered, and dated, lower margin
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1970s Contemporary Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Mallarmé Suite: Green; 1992; Lithograph printed on Rives BFK wove paper; 29 x 21
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Ellsworth Kelly Mallarmé Suite: Green 1992; Lithograph printed on Rives BFK wove paper 29 x 21 1/2 inches Edition of 40 Unframed
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1990s Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

Orange over Green
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Printer: Imprimerie Maeght, Levallois-Perret, France Publisher: Maeght Editeur, Paris Edition size: 75, plus proofs Signed and numbered, lower margin
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1960s Contemporary Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Oranges
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Printer: Imprimerie Maeght, Levallois-Perret, France Publisher: Maeght Editeur, Paris Edition size: 75, plus proofs Catalogue raisonné: Axsom 55 Signed and numbered, lower margin
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1960s Post-War Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

  • Oranges
  • Oranges
  • Oranges
  • Oranges
H 24.375 in. W 32.375 in.
Dracena I
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Printer: Gemini, G.E.L., Los Angeles Publisher: Gemini, G.E.L., Los Angeles Catalogue raisonné: Axsom 212 Edition size: 30, plus proofs Signed and numbered in pencil, lower right
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1980s Minimalist Still-life Prints

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Lithograph

Untitled (Red State II)
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
1988 Lithograph in two tones of red, on Arches wove paper Image/sheet: 44 4/5 x 40 7/10 in. Edition of 13 Signed and numbered in pencil, lower margin Framed, pristine condition
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1980s Color-Field Abstract Prints

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Paper, Lithograph

Leaf XI
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Printer: Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles Publisher: Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles Edition size: 20, plus proofs Signed, titled, and numbered in pencil, lower margin
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1970s Still-life Prints

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Lithograph

Untitled (Red State II)
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
1988 Lithograph in two tones of red, on Arches wove paper Sheet: 44 4/5 x 40 7/10 in. (113.8 x 103.4 cm) Edition of 13 Signed and numbered in pencil, lower margin
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1980s Color-Field Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Blue / Black / Red / Green
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
2001 Lithograph in colors Sheet: 24 7/8 x 88 3/4 inches Edition of 45 Signed and numbered in pencil Framed, mint condition
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Early 2000s Color-Field Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Derrière Le Miroir No. 110 (page 13)
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original lithograph on smooth wove paper by American artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015) "Derrière Le Miroir No. 110 (page 13)", 1958. Made for Kelly's first ever collaboration wi...
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1950s Minimalist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Galerie Maeght
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original lithograph, exhibition poster on light wove paper by American artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015) titled "Galerie Maeght", 1964. Edition size unknown. Printed and publishe...
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1960s Minimalist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Pear III
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Sheet size: 35 7/16 x 24 1/2 inches Frame size: 43 3/4 x 33 inches Printer: Imprimerie Arte, Paris Publisher: Maeght Éditeur, Paris Edition size: 75 + proofs Catalogue raisonné: Axso...
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1960s Minimalist Still-life Prints

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Lithograph

Dark Blue with Red (VI.7)
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original signed lithograph on Rives BFK wove paper by American artist Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015) titled "Dark Blue with Red (VI.7)", 1964. Limited edition: 40/75. (There were als...
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1960s Minimalist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Color Squares 1
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Ellsworth Kelly Color Squares 1 2011 Five color lithograph 21 x 77 inches; 53 x 196 cm Edition of 35 Signed and numbered in graphite (lower right recto) Frame available upon request...
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2010s Abstract Geometric Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

Color Squares 2
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
2011 5-color lithograph Sheet: 9 x 33 in. (22.9 x 83.8 cm) Edition of 60 Signed and numbered in pencil
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2010s Minimalist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Color Panels
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
2011 5-color lithograph Sheet: 14 x 33 in. (35.6 x 83.8 cm) Edition of 45 Signed and numbered in pencil
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2010s Minimalist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Black/Yellow
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Printer: Gemini, G.E.L., Los Angeles Publisher: Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles Edition size: 55, plus proofs Catalogue raisonné: Axsom 83 Signed and numbered, lower margin
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1970s Minimalist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Blue Gray Green Red
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
4-color lithograph Sheet: 12 x 14 in. (30.5 x 35.6 cm) Edition of 150 Signed and numbered in pencil Published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
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Early 2000s Minimalist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

1980 Benefit Exhibition Poster
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Ellsworth Kelly, an early and frequent artwork contributor to the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA) created this poster for FCA's 1980 benefit exhibition of drawings at Leo Cast...
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1980s Figurative Prints

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Screen

Galerie Maeght
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Ellsworth Kelly (after) Title: Galerie Maeght Year: circa 1965 Medium: Lithograph Paper Size: 25.5 in. x 19.5 in. (64.77 cm x 49.53 cm) Printed and published by Arte Adrie...
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1960s Minimalist Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Ailanthus Leaves II (Vernis du Japon II)
By Ellsworth Kelly
Located in New York, NY
Printer: Imprimerie Arte, Paris Publisher: Maeght Éditeur, Paris Signed and numbered in pencil, lower margin Catalogue Raisonne: Axsom 59
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1960s More Prints

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Lithograph

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Kelly Ellsworth For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, you can find the most appropriate kelly ellsworth for your needs in our varied inventory. In our selection of items, you can find Minimalist examples as well as a Abstract version. Finding the perfect kelly ellsworth may mean sifting through those created during different time periods — you can find an early version that dates to the 20th Century and a newer variation that were made as recently as the 21st Century. Adding a kelly ellsworth to a room that is mostly decorated in warm neutral tones can yield a welcome change — find a piece on 1stDibs that incorporates elements of gray, beige, white, purple and more. Creating a kelly ellsworth has been a part of the legacy of many artists, but those crafted by Ellsworth Kelly, Jack Mitchell, (after) Ellsworth Kelly, David Barnett and Peter Dayton are consistently popular. Artworks like these — often created in lithograph, paper and screen print — can elevate any room of your home.

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Ellsworth Kelly Biography and Important Works

Ellsworth Kelly was one of the key figures in postwar American art, exercising major influence on the fields of Pop art, minimalism, Color-Field and hard-edge painting. Widely known for his brightly colored geometric compositions, he was among the first artists, alongside his contemporary Frank Stella, to use irregularly shaped canvases. Although highly abstract, Kelly’s paintings and prints are precise expressions in color and form of his sensory experience of the world.

Kelly's works, both two- and three-dimensional, are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and displayed at such sites as the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

Kelly grew up in the town of Newburgh, New York, near the Oradell Reservoir. He was an avid birder as a child and loved the colorful illustrations of naturalist John James Audubon. Encouraged to study art by a high school teacher, he enrolled at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, remaining there until 1943, when he was inducted into the army. During World War II, he served along with scores of other artists, in a unit known as the Ghost Army, where he learned the elements of camouflage while creating ersatz trucks and tanks intended to mislead Axis forces.

When the war was over, Kelly took advantage of the G.I. Bill to study painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, drawing inspiration from the museum's collections, and, later, at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, in Paris. While in France, he immersed himself in the varied artistic movements and styles represented there and befriended Americans avant-gardists, such as composer John Cage and choreographer Merce Cunningham, as well as the German-French Surrealist Jean Arp and Romanian sculptor Constantin Brâncuși.

Upon his return to the United States, in 1954, he found himself at odds with the dominant style of the period, Abstract Expressionism, which favored a dynamic and energetic application of paint in a loose manner. Like Stella, Kelly was interested in formal precision and explorations of color. Following an exhibition of his work at the Betty Parsons Gallery in 1956, Kelly’s work was included in the "Young America 1957” show at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

During the 1960s, Kelly played with color and form to tease out and celebrate the tension between a painting’s subject and its background. In one of his most famous works, 1963's Red Blue Green, for example, two shapes, one red, one blue, both contrast and resonate with a green background that extends to the edge of the canvas on both sides, appearing at moments to be the work’s primary shape. To explore this relationship between form and ground further, Kelly began using nontraditional, shaped canvases, as in the monochromatic 1966 Yellow Piece, from, whose two curved corners draws the eye to the wall behind it, as though the gallery wall itself were part of the composition. A lithograph from the same period, Blue and Orange consists of two shapes in the title’s complementary colors facing off against one another with a tension that makes them appear almost animated.

Kelly made drawings and prints throughout his career, using plants and flowers as his primary source of inspiration. Like his paintings, his drawings tend to be relatively flat in perspective, but they are rarely abstract. A 1993 drawing of an oak leaf is clearly representational, but rendered with very minimal color and line. In the mid-1960s, he produced the series “Suite of Twenty-Seven Lithographs” with the Paris-based Maeght Éditeur.

Later, collaborating with Gemini G.E.L., he created very large-scale works, such as 1988’s Purple/Red/Gray/Orange, which is 18 feet long and might be one of the biggest lithographs ever made. Kelly produced 140 sculptures, including the aluminum White Curves, created for the Fondation Beyeler, in Riehen, Switzerland, in 2002. In his three-dimensional works, as in his paintings, Kelly used form, color and light to play with perceptions of surface and depth, inviting viewers to look closely and see the world in a new way.

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