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Ellsworth Kelly, Trestle Editions
Mallarmé Suite
lithographs on paper
Image (Individual Print): 29 × 21 1/2 inches (73.7 × 54.6 cm)Framed (Individual Print): 37 1/4 × 29 5/8 inches (94.6 × 75.2 cm)
Credit Line
Kirk Varnedoe Collection, Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, Gift of the Artist.
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Born in Newburgh, New York, abstract painter Ellsworth Kelly received extensive art training at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn; the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Kelly lived in Paris from 1948-54, and as a result his minimalist forms show the influence of figures of the European art world such as Jean Arp, Henri Matisse, and Paul Klee much more strongly than the artists working in Kelly’s native New York. Kelly is known for appropriating objects or images from the natural world and abstracting them into ultra-simple, flat paintings that deliberately reveal almost nothing of the artist’s hand in their clean, geometric compositions.

The four color lithographs of the Mallarmé Suite, featured in the Varnedoe Collection, relate to French poet Stéphen Mallarmé’s experimental, symbolist poem of 1897, Un coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard (A Throw of the Dice Never Will Abolish Chance).