Image © Ellsworth Kelly.

The drawings in Sketchbook 23 are based on the shadows cast across the pages of a book while on the bus. The outlines of the shadows are drawn by the artist directly onto the page with pencil. At his studio, Kelly develops the sketches in ink, experiments with variations, crops and layers the shadow forms to generate new ones. The black and white drawings are the source material for large paintings. 1957.

Artist: Ellsworth Kelly.

Ellsworth Kelly: 1954, Drawings on a Bus. Sketchbook 23.

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