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Kelly lived in Paris in 1948–54. Inspired by the surrealist practice of making drawings generated by chance operations, he would cut up his drawings into squares and rearrange the elements in collages. He also made a series of multi-panel paintings employing a square grid as an organising factor and made up of multiple configurations of linear marks like the rearranged fragments of a drawing. This painting (originally titled Yellow White) takes its title from the Gironde estuary in south west France where the mouths of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers meet.

May 2013