Melon Leaf (Feuille de melon), from Suite of Plant Lithographs
lithograph, on Rives BFK paper, 1965-66, signed in pencil, numbered 12/75 (there were also ten artist's proofs), published by Maeght, Paris, the full sheet, in generally very good condition
Sheet: 3558 x 2458 in. (905 x 626 mm.)
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This sheet is one of a suite of twenty-eight botanical prints derived from drawings Ellsworth Kelly sketched from life at a greenhouse outside of Paris in the winter of 1964-65.
Kelly had the drawings enlarged and transferred to a lithographic stone to create the final larger-than-life scale print based on the simple pencil drawings.
Kelly is perhaps best known for his color field and ‘hard-edge’ abstract works, yet has always been inspired by the natural world. While describing his interest in botanical studies Kelly recounted, "The drawings from plant life seem to be the bridge to the way of seeing that brought about the paintings in 1949 that are the basis for all of my later work."
In this series Kelly demonstrates his aptitude for distillation of form and economy of line that connects his career-defining minimalism to a life-long fascination with nature.

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