Ellsworth Kelly, Derrière Le Miroir - Kelly No. 149, 1964, red / blue


Artist: Ellsworth Kelly (1923 – 2015)
Title: original lithograph from 'Derrière le Miroir - Kelly No. 164
Sheet size: 28 × 38 cm
Dated: 1964
Series: Derrière le Miroir - Kelly No. 164
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Medium Type: Lithograph on paper
Certificate of authenticity: Not included
Publisher: Maeght Éditeur, 1958
Image rights: © Muetos Gallery
Condition: Very good (a), mild signs of handling
Frame: Not included

Since the beginning of his career, Ellsworth Kelly's emphasis on pure form and color and his impulse to suppress gesture in favor of creating spatial unity have played a pivotal role in the development of abstract art in America. A major influence on Pop Art, Minimalism, hard-edge and color field painting, Ellsworth Kelly’s best-known works are distinguished by sharply delineated shapes flatly painted in vivid color, such as Colors for a Large Wall (1951). His abstract paintings are inspired by the interplay of light, space, and color in the architecture around him. In contrast, Kelly’s automatic drawings feature delicate outlines of bodies and flora.

About Derrière Le Miroir:
French for “Behind the Mirror,” Derrière Le Miroir was a publication that ran from 1946 to 1982, featuring prints by the era’s most celebrated Modernists at a fraction of their usual cost. Produced by Galerie Maeght in Paris, the publication was dedicated to making art widely accessible at a time when many exiled artists and creative thinkers had just returned to France at the end of World War II. With lithographs by artists including Alexander Calder, Ellsworth Kelly, and Joan Miró, each issue of Derrière Le Miroir was non-editioned and unsigned—creating unprecedented accessibility to works by these artists.
Original lithograph from 'Derrière le Miroir' No. 149. Printed by Maeght, Paris. Published by Maeght Éditeur, 1964.