On the occasion of the exhibition Ellsworth Kelly Plant Drawings (on view June 5–September 3, 2012), the artist recorded his thoughts about various works of art in the Met's collection.
Ellsworth Kelly: This painting by Cézanne is an early one, very roughly painted; I like this painting because practically one half of it is white coat, black vest, white coat. And if you take out the head, you have white, black, white, which is a painting that I've done, a large painting. And I like that beard and the moustache. That makes a complete circle. And the way he's designed it is what interests me.