Ellsworth Kelly - Plant Drawings

Ellsworth Kelly - Plant Drawings

45.00

English
298 mm x 254 mm
72 pages

Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015), bien que plus connu en tant que peintre aux abstractions rigoureuses, considérait les études de plantes comme centrales dans son art. Sa façon de les observer, a-t-il dit, était "la base de tout mon travail ultérieur." L'observation détaillée de la nature l'a aidé tout au long de sa carrière à affiner sa vision de l'abstraction minimale.

Publié pour la première fois en 2017 et épuisé rapidement, Ellsworth Kelly : Plant Drawings présente plus de 30 dessins réalisés par Kelly entre 1949 et 2008. En se concentrant sur l’impression visuelle directe, Kelly se servait des formes naturelles des plantes pour explorer certaines de ses principes picturaux, tels que les effets de volume, d’espace négatif et de superposition de plans. Malgré l'immédiateté de leur exécution et leur charge figurative, il est amusant de voir à quel point ces études de plantes de Kelly communiquent avec ses peintures et sculptures abstraites.

Though best known as a painter of scrupulous hard-edge abstractions, Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015) saw drawing plants as playing a central role in his art. That way of seeing, he said, was "the basis for all my later work." The rigorous and exacting observation of the natural world that Kelly used to make his plant drawings--a practice he continued through his whole career--helped him to refine his distinctly direct brand of minimal abstraction.

First published in 2017 and quickly going out of print, Ellsworth Kelly: Plant Drawings features more than 30 drawings made by Kelly between 1949 and 2008. Kelly made these gorgeously economical line drawings from life, sometimes barely lifting the pencil as he translated each plant's contours to paper. Focusing on direct visual impression--"nothing is changed or added," as he put it--Kelly used the natural forms of the plants to explore some of his painterly fixations, like the effects of volume, negative space and overlapping planes. Despite the immediacy of their execution and their representational content, the most striking surprise of Kelly's plant drawings is how much they share with his abstract paintings and sculptures.

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