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Ellsworth Kelly
Blue on White
1961
oil
85 5/8 x 67 3/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.



Ellsworth Kelly's painting recalls familiar things—figures, organisms, or signs—but ultimately the form is indecipherable. The curvilinear shape seems both to expand and be engulfed by the white space. The ambiguity of the image invites the viewer's own interpretation.