Ellsworth Kelly

b. Newburgh, NY, 1923; lives and works in Spencertown, NY

Yellow with Red Triangle


oil on canvas, two joined panels
119 x 142 5/8 x 2 1/4 in. (302. 3 x 362.3 x 5.7 cm)

Museum purchase with the aid of funds from the Richard King Mellon Foundation
©Ellsworth Kelly


Although this spare and abstract work has only a tenuous relationship to its original subject matter—a house and dormer window—it maintains a connection to the physical world. Consisting of two flat sculptural pieces balanced in dynamic tension on a corner edge, and characterized by a fluorescent color scheme, the work hums with its own palpable presence.