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Correspondences Musée d'Orsay / Contemporary Art

Ellsworth Kelly / Paul Cézanne


Ellsworth KellyBlue Relief© Ellsworth Kelly
In 1876, while painting in the village of L'Estaque, Cézanne wrote: "the area where I am now […] is like a playing card. Red roofs against the blue sea […]. The sun is so terrifying that it seems as though the objects are silhouetted, not only in black and white, but in blue, red, brown and violet. I may be mistaken, but it seems to me the very opposite of modelling."
Like Cézanne, Kelly observes nature. He simplifies and then flattens shapes until they become abstract.

Ellsworth Kelly, born in 1923 in Newburgh (New York), said: "When I was studying at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 1947, I painted a figure of a young man, taking my inspiration from Cézanne. I still look at Cézanne's works today."


Laurence Madeline, curator, Musée d'Orsay


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