Quantcast
Artists' Perspectives: Ellsworth Kelly on The Gulf of Marseilles Seen from L'Estaque, by Paul Cézanne

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.

Transcript

Ellsworth Kelly: This is a beautiful Cézanne that I saw when I was a young child. I believe this is the painting that I got hooked on because of the large blue shape. That blue shape fascinated me. And I always came back and had to touch base with this painting, because that blue shape somehow or other . . . it takes a good third of the painting, this blue shape that goes from one side to the other. And my later paintings—I've done a lot of paintings like this one at the Met downstairs—is a blue shape. And I've done a lot of blue-shaped paintings. That's why this painting is so special to me.


Paul Cézanne (French, 1839–1906). The Gulf of Marseilles Seen from L'Estaque, ca. 1885. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.67)

Collections, Modern and Contemporary Art (51)

Media thumbnail

Collecting Cubism
(00:56:59) 411 views

Media thumbnail

Interview with Fung Mingchip
(00:04:29) 199 views

Media thumbnail

A Conversation with Nick Cave
(01:00:26) 138 views

Media thumbnail

Iraq Now! Sunday at the Met
(01:06:58) 99 views

Media thumbnail

James Nares: Street
(00:02:17) 23265 views

Media thumbnail

Spectrum Presents: Street
(01:04:46) 222 views

Media thumbnail

Patti Smith: February Snow
(00:09:08) 2518 views

Media thumbnail

Steins Collect
(02:03:13) 1624 views

Media thumbnail

Rooms with a View
(02:10:02) 441 views

Media thumbnail

27 Rue de Fleurus
(00:02:16) 5405 views

Media thumbnail

Four Saints in Three Acts
(00:01:46) 1930 views