Ellsworth Kelly, Braunwald

Ellsworth Kelly (American, 1923-2015)

Braunwald (from Series of Seven Lithographs), 1978-1980

Medium: Lithograph, on Rives BFK paper

Dimensions: 76.2 x 87.3 cm (30 x 34 3/8 in)

Edition of 25 + 9 AP: Hand-signed and numbered in pencil

Publisher: Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles (with their blindstamps)

Catalogue raisonnée: Richard Axsom 185

Condition: Very good

In stock

Ellsworth Kelly, Braunwald

Explore the minimalist elegance of Ellsworth Kelly‘s limited edition prints, where his masterful use of color and form creates strikingly pure and serene compositions. Perfect for devotees of Minimalism, these abstract prints exemplify Kelly’s unique ability to distill visual experience into its most essential, abstract elements.

Ellsworth Kelly (1923–2015), an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker, was a leading figure in the development of hard-edge paintingcolor field painting and minimalism. Known for his emphasis on the fundamentals of line, color, and form, Kelly also pioneered innovative techniques such as shaped canvases and multi-panel paintings. His minimalist approach, characterized by large, geometric shapes and monochrome surfaces, marked a significant departure from the expressive styles of his abstract expressionist contemporaries like Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. After six years of study in France, Kelly was deeply influenced by European abstract artists including Kazimir MalevichPaul Klee, and Constantin Brancusi. Unlike his peers who pursued a distinctly American style of abstraction to break away from European traditions, Ellsworth Kelly embraced and reinterpreted these influences, integrating them into his unique visual language. He developed a method of ‘impersonal observation of form,’ drawing inspiration from natural and everyday sources such as architectural structures, plants, and shadows. These observations translated into his artwork as simple yet impactful geometric forms, often with sharp, clearly delineated edges and vibrant, uniform color fields. Kelly’s abstract artworks, including his paintings, sculptures, and prints, showcase a profound exploration of shape and color, stripped of any personal emotion, yet full of rigorous precision. He once explained his artistic vision by saying, “Everywhere I looked, everything I saw became something to be made, and it had to be made exactly as it was, with nothing added.” This philosophy resulted in a body of work that invites viewers to engage with the elemental aspects of visual perception, making Ellsworth Kelly a transformative figure in the landscape of modern abstract art.


Limited Edition Print




Geometric Abstraction, Abstract Art, Minimalism, Post-War Art

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