Cézanne and Kelly

Ellsworth Kelly said ‘The most pleasurable thing in the world for me is to see something and then translate how I see it.’

Similarly Cézanne’s paintings were made after periods of looking long and hard.

Both artists start with a concentrated response to nature that is then transmogrified into form and colour.

Katherine Sachs talks about the link between these two paintings. The faceted brushstrokes of this painting.

| Paul Cezanne, Large Pine and Red Earth, 1890-95 |

Compared to the fragmentation seen in this Kelly painting.

| Ellsworth Kelly, Meschers, 1951 |

Kelly recalls, ‘When I painted this picture, I walked through a pine forest to the beach and it looked just like that. And I said it’s the sky and the pine trees.’

Playing with the foreground and the background.
Julia Ritson

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