String Bean Leaves II (Haricot Vert II)

Ellsworth Kelly
Date: 1965-66
Medium: Transfer lithograph on BFK Rives paper
Dimensions: 35 5/8 H x 24 1/2 W
Inscription: Signed lower left: 23/75; lower right: Kelly
Credit: Albany Institute of History & Art Purchase
Accession Number: 1985.22.1
Comments: Ellsworth Kelly is an internationally renowned painter, sculptor, and graphic artist who has lived in New York's Capital Region since 1970. He is best known for large-scale paintings and sculptures of succinct, abstract shapes and intense colors. This lithograph is characteristic of his finished drawings and prints based on direct observation of nature. Most of these depict plants, and almost all use outline to articulate the form. This one uses only nine lines to depict the group of leaves. It is one of twenty-eight prints from Suite of Plant Lithographs; most were done from pencil drawings.