2019 First-Class Forever Stamp,Ellsworth Kelly: "Colors for a Large Wall"

# 5383 - 2019 First-Class Forever Stamp - Ellsworth Kelly: "Colors for a Large Wall"

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US #5383
2019 Colors for a Large Wall – Ellsworth Kelly

  • Part of the 10-stamp set commemorating abstract artist Ellsworth Kelly


Stamp Category: 
Commemorative
Set:  Ellsworth Kelly
Value:  55¢ First Class Mail Rate (Forever)
First Day of Issue:  May 31, 2019
First Day City:  Spencertown, New York
Quantity Issued:  20,000,000
Printed by:  Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method:  Offset
Format:  Panes of 20
Tagging:  Phosphor, block tag

Why the stamp was issued:  To honor Ellsworth Kelly, an abstract artist known for his paintings, sculpture, and works on paper.

About the stamp design:  Picture’s Kelly’s piece Colors for a Large Wall (1951).

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held at Ellsworth Kelly Studio in Spencertown, New York.

About the Ellsworth Kelly set:  Includes 10 different stamp designs, each picturing a piece of art created by Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015).  The pieces shown are:  Yellow White (1961), Colors for a Large Wall (1951), Blue Red Rocker (1963), Spectrum I (1953), South Ferry (1956), Blue Green (1962), Orange Red Relief (for Delphine Seyrig) (1990), Meschers (1951), Red Blue (1964), and Gaza (1956).  The selvage of the complete pane of 20 includes a segment of Blue Yellow Red III (1971).

History the stamp represents:  Ellsworth Kelly was known primarily for his large, brightly colored paintings, but he experimented with other art styles as well.  Though his line drawings appear starkly different from his paintings, they were rooted in the same exploration of abstraction and capturing the world around him.

From a young age, Kelly had an interest in nature, spending much of his childhood outdoors.  While in Paris in the late 1940s, he abandoned portraiture for plants, which he found more interesting.  Most of these drawings were done in the automatic style, where he drew the plant without looking down at the paper, and sometimes not lifting the pencil from the paper.

When he moved to New York in the 1950s, Kelly kept a corner of his studio filled with plants to draw.  While he continued to produce increasingly abstract paintings, he enjoyed the variety that his plant drawings offered.  With clean strokes and no shading, he was able to convey volume and depth in his elegant drawings.  In the 1960s, he took his drawings one step further when he made them into lithographs, a form of printmaking.

While Kelly’s plant drawings scarcely resembled his paintings, their focus on form and shape made them undeniable expressions of his vision of the world.  And he credited his early drawings of plants as the bridge that led him to abstract painting.

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US #5383
2019 Colors for a Large Wall – Ellsworth Kelly

  • Part of the 10-stamp set commemorating abstract artist Ellsworth Kelly


Stamp Category: 
Commemorative
Set:  Ellsworth Kelly
Value:  55¢ First Class Mail Rate (Forever)
First Day of Issue:  May 31, 2019
First Day City:  Spencertown, New York
Quantity Issued:  20,000,000
Printed by:  Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method:  Offset
Format:  Panes of 20
Tagging:  Phosphor, block tag

Why the stamp was issued:  To honor Ellsworth Kelly, an abstract artist known for his paintings, sculpture, and works on paper.

About the stamp design:  Picture’s Kelly’s piece Colors for a Large Wall (1951).

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held at Ellsworth Kelly Studio in Spencertown, New York.

About the Ellsworth Kelly set:  Includes 10 different stamp designs, each picturing a piece of art created by Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015).  The pieces shown are:  Yellow White (1961), Colors for a Large Wall (1951), Blue Red Rocker (1963), Spectrum I (1953), South Ferry (1956), Blue Green (1962), Orange Red Relief (for Delphine Seyrig) (1990), Meschers (1951), Red Blue (1964), and Gaza (1956).  The selvage of the complete pane of 20 includes a segment of Blue Yellow Red III (1971).

History the stamp represents:  Ellsworth Kelly was known primarily for his large, brightly colored paintings, but he experimented with other art styles as well.  Though his line drawings appear starkly different from his paintings, they were rooted in the same exploration of abstraction and capturing the world around him.

From a young age, Kelly had an interest in nature, spending much of his childhood outdoors.  While in Paris in the late 1940s, he abandoned portraiture for plants, which he found more interesting.  Most of these drawings were done in the automatic style, where he drew the plant without looking down at the paper, and sometimes not lifting the pencil from the paper.

When he moved to New York in the 1950s, Kelly kept a corner of his studio filled with plants to draw.  While he continued to produce increasingly abstract paintings, he enjoyed the variety that his plant drawings offered.  With clean strokes and no shading, he was able to convey volume and depth in his elegant drawings.  In the 1960s, he took his drawings one step further when he made them into lithographs, a form of printmaking.

While Kelly’s plant drawings scarcely resembled his paintings, their focus on form and shape made them undeniable expressions of his vision of the world.  And he credited his early drawings of plants as the bridge that led him to abstract painting.