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© Ellsworth Kelly


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Red Yellow Blue III
each unframed 70-½ × 70-1/8 × 1-3/8 inches
oil on canvas
Not on view

Object Details

Paintings (Paintings)
Accession Number
no visible signature, back covered; none visible
Physical Description
three canvases one red, one yellow, and one blue installed with a distance of 10 inches between them.
Credit Line
Gift of Judy and Kenneth Dayton, 1998
Object Copyright
© Ellsworth Kelly

object label Ellsworth Kelly, Red, Yellow, Blue III (1966) Walker Art Center, 1999

The form of my painting is the content. My work is made of single or multiple panels: rectangle, curved, or square. I am less interested in marks on the panels than the “presence” of the panels themselves. In Red, Yellow, Blue the square panels present color. It was made to exist forever in the present; it is an idea and can be repeated anytime in the future.–Ellsworth Kelly, 1969

While Ellsworth Kelly is considered an artist of the Color Field movement in New York in the 1950s, he has never liked being associated with Hard-Edge Abstraction–a subset of the Color Field painters. He said in 1963, “I’m not interested in edge. I’m interested in the mass and color, the black and white. The edges happen because the forms get as quiet as they can be. I want the masses to perform. When I work with forms and colors, I get the edge.” This work evokes the seriality and repetition of forms prevalent in Minimalist art. (His painting Black Curve is on view in Gallery 4.)

Walker solo exhibitions: Ellsworth Kelly, 1974; Ellsworth Kelly: The Process of Seeing, 1994-1995

Label text for Ellsworth Kelly, Red, Yellow, Blue III (1966), from the exhibition Art in Our Time: 1950 to the Present, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, September 5, 1999 to September 2, 2001.

Copyright 1999 Walker Art Center