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Ellsworth Kelly: The Plant Lithographs

Lemon Branch
Camellia III
Camellia II
Cyclamen V
Camellia I
Fig Branch
Catalpa Leaf

The concept behind these is the same that characterised Matisse’s Bergsonian experiments with Prichard. The process of experiencing the “durĂ©e” of the subject in the practice of its illustration gives expression to its inner nature. The similarity to the Anthroposophical practice of experiencing through “intuition” a subject’s “etheric” is unavoidable.

Kelly’s illustrations here possibly even go further than Matisse, where Matisse could perhaps be described as expressing a more generalised spirit which emanates from all subjects, the line here is very particular to each individual plant, expressing more fully their own unique qualities.