Ellsworth Kelly

Red Orange/Yellow/Blue


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Ellsworth Kelly 1923–2015
Lithograph on paper
Image: 822 x 275 mm
Lent by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of Melinda Shearer Maddock 2001
On long term loan

Not on display

Technique and condition

Three colour lithograph printed on white Arjomari wove paper. Made in 1970 the image is comprised of a red-orange, yellow and blue rhombus stacked vertically and centred on the support leaving broad blank boarders. The print is part of a suite of prints made by Kelly called 10 Colour Lithographs, 1970. Lithography is a planographic technique based on the chemical resistance of oil and water. The image is applied to a grained aluminium plate (historically Bavarian Limestone) using a greasy ink (tusche) or crayon. The plate (or stone) is then etched by a wash of acid and gum arabic, which fixes the image and makes the blank surface receptive to water. When ink is rolled over the surface it adheres to the artist's marks, but is repelled from the rest of the surface. Paper is then placed against its surface and the plate is run through a press. Printed in an edition of seventy five. This print is number nine. Signed and editioned in graphite pencil by the artist in bottom margin. Printed at Gemini Gel in Los Angeles but individual printers not known. The print is in good condition. Float mounted on white board and permanently framed.

Calvin Winner
November 2001

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