Synopses & Reviews
Early in his career, Ellsworth Kelly (b. 1923) spent six formative years (1948and#150;54) in France, where he discovered the late work of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840and#150;1926). Visits to the remote island of Belle-and#206;le off the coast of Brittany in 1949 and a visit to Monetand#8217;s house and studio in Giverny in 1952 inspired a series of drawings, as well as Kellyand#8217;s first monochrome work, Tableau Vert. Kelly returned to France on subsequent journeys in 1965, 2000, and 2005, visiting Belle-and#206;le again and Provence, continuing to draw motifs depicted by Monet, as well as by Cand#233;zanne and Matisse. This publication includes two paintings and eighteen unpublished drawings by Kelly, bringing them together with nine paintings by Monet from his Belle-and#206;le series and from his garden in Giverny. All the works have been selected by Ellsworth Kelly himself. Essays by Yve-Alain Bois and Sarah Lees explore the significance of Kellyand#8217;s work from this key moment in his career and the significance of the later paintings of Monet.and#160;
Ellsworth Kelly is one of this generationand#8217;s most important artists. Over the course of his career, Kelly has developed a special relationship with the city of Dallas and its art community, and major holdings of his work in all media can be found there. This handsomely designed book brings together works from the Dallas Museum of Art and private collections to present a select overview of his career, ranging from a youthful 1947 self-portrait drawing to a towering wood sculpture from the mid-1990s.
Ellsworth Kelly in Dallas offers a succinct survey of Kellyand#8217;s achievements in translating the visual world of the everyday into commanding paintings, sculpture, and works on paperand#151;all of which demonstrate the artistand#8217;s groundbreaking use of form, line, color, and volume. Included are an introduction and essays on key works by Charles Wylie, Yve-Alain Bois, Robert Storr, and Wood Roberdeau. Together the images and text document one of the most consistently inventive and sustained careers of any American artist.
This book pairs drawings and paintings of the French landscapeand#160;by Ellsworth Kelly with paintings of the same subject by Claude Monet, examining the influence of Monet on the renowned abstract artist.
About the Author
Charles Wylie is the Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art, Dallas Museum of Art; John R. Lane is the director of the Dallas Museum of Art; Yve-Alain Bois is Joseph Pulitzer Professor Modern Art and Chair, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University; Robert Storr is Rosalee Solow Professor of Modern Art, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; and Wood Roberdeau is on staff in the contemporary art department at the Dallas Museum of Art.