Red, Yellow and Blue


Important work


Kelly, Ellsworth b.1923 Newburgh, New York d. Spencertown, New York, 2015


“Red, Yellow and Blue”, 2005 ed., not signed, not numbered, stamp of year of publication 2005, on the verso


Lithograph in three colours


Heavy textured wove 64.77 x 85.09 cm



Realisation / Publication:

First commissioned by Gallery Maeght, for Foundation Marguerite et Aime Maeght, Sant Paul-de-Vence, Paris, France, 1963, republished 1985, and 2005

Reference / Literature:

see catalogue of works / inventory from Galerie Maeght, Paris, France, 1963 AND and and for a brief analysis of the painting that inspired the lithograph, see;


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This work by the late Ellsworth Kelly celebrates the purity of colour and form that, according to Kelly’s vision, can coexist within sculptural forms. Taken individually, each primary colour is an independent form, and this form supports another. This work was first published as a lithograph in 1963, then republished in 1985 in limited release of 500, then again in 2005. This work was based on the painting from 1963, and continues Kelly’s fascination and exploration on how colour and space can interact to create form. With the third publishing of the work on offer here, Salon still considers this lithograph an important example of Kelly’s oeuvre. It is iconic and typical of the artist’s interest in the symbiosis of form and colour to convey the paradox that defines much of humanity: that simplicity is often complex.