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Reflections in the Seine I

Ellsworth Kelly, American, 1923 - 2015

Made in United States, North and Central America


Brush and black ink with white crayon on laid paper

Sheet: 12 x 17 3/4 inches (30.5 x 45.1 cm)

© Ellsworth Kelly, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Acquired with The Philip and Muriel Berman Gift (by exchange) and with the gifts (by exchange) of Lisa Norris Elkins, Bryant W. Langston, Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White, and with funds (by exchange) contributed by John Howard McFadden, Jr., Thomas Skelton Harrison, and the Philip H. and A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation, 2007

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During six years in Paris, between 1948 and 1954, Ellsworth Kelly abandoned figuration and developed the intensely felt abstraction for which he is well known. Reflections in the Seine I is one of several drawings related to his painting Seine. While the painting is a geometricized representation of the irregular, flickering reflection of light on the wavering surface of the River Seine, Reflections in the Seine I emphasizes the weight and darkness of water (as opposed to surface light).