- Blue on White
- Not on view
- 85 5⁄8 x 67 3⁄4 in. (217.5 x 172.1 cm.)
- Credit Line
- Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
- Mediums Description
- oil on canvas
- Object Number
Blue on White
Copied Ellsworth Kelly, Blue on White, 1961, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., 1969.47.63
Ellsworth Kelly's paintings preserve and intensify his memories of things seen swiftly, fragmented glimpses of "leaves, grass, [and] cracks in the wall." In Blue on White, a curvilinear blue shape dominates the white background. But just as quickly, the angular edges of the white appear to cut into the billowy blue. Kelly isn't interested in assigning meaning to his works. The artist would rather create colors and shapes so intense that they are like three-dimensional objects; as he once said, "To hell with pictures."