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Biography of Ellsworth Kelly
Ellsworth Kelly is born in Newburgh (New York, USA) in 1923. His work is linked to the minimalist movement. He studies art in New York, Boston and Paris. The young artist moves to Paris between 1948 and 1954, he founds there the orientation of his art. Kelly uses painting as a design element, creating a set of links and relationships between shapes and colors that form a new visual balance. The work of the artist is moving rapidly up thhe largest abstract simplification. The painting of Ellsworth Kelly takes its full dimension with the space surrounding it. His first exhibition is organized in Paris (1951). Back in New York (1954-1969), he regularly exhibits in international famous museums (Museum of Modern Art in New York, Gallery of Modern Art in Washington, etc.). Kelly begins producing monumental sculptures and receives major public commissions; many exhibitions and retrospectives of his work consecrate Ellsworth Kelly, showing - in the United States and Europe - all facets of his creation (sculpture, prints, paintings).
Ellsworth Kelly died in December 2015; the artist was 92 years old.