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Train Landscape

A work made of oil on canvas; three joined panels.
© Ellsworth Kelly Foundation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas; three joined panels.




Ellsworth Kelly
American, 1923-2015

About this artwork

Ellsworth Kelly explored the fundamentals of color, line, and form, yet the basis of his abstraction always lay in his observations of natural and built environments. Train Landscape, which Kelly made during his formative years in Paris (from 1948 to 1954), draws its vivid colors from nature. The title refers to fields of lettuce, spinach, and mustard that the young artist viewed from a train while speeding through the French countryside—this perceptual blur here pushed to the extreme of a flat, pristine monochrome. The multipanel composition emphasizes the status of the painting as an object on the wall, with a shape, density, and heft of its own.


On loan to Fondation Louis Vuitton for Ellsworth Kelly at 100


Contemporary Art


Ellsworth Kelly


Train Landscape


United States (Object made in)

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Oil on canvas; three joined panels


111.8 × 111.8 cm (44 × 44 in.)

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Collection of the Ellsworth Kelly Studio and Jack Shear

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© Ellsworth Kelly Foundation

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