Sunflower, 1957 watercolor
Ellsworth Kelly is an American artist born in 1923 and best known for his minimalist works. Kelly embraced the Color Field School in the 1960s and became known for his vibrant, clean minimalist paintings and sculptures. Regarding his interest in simple, minimal shapes and contours Kelly stated “ I’m not interested in the texture of a rock, but it’s shadow.”
Hyacinth, 1949, ink
The exhibition at the Met focused on Kelly’s plant drawings, created over a sixty year period. These simple elegant drawings, made with graphite or ink on paper or with watercolor, are stunning for their simple use of line and shape. Kelly is a master of composition, integrating negative and positive shape and keen observation skills. Indeed, his drawings read as portraits of an individual plant.
Study for “Plant I”, 1949, ink and pencil
Four Sunflowers, 1957, pencil