Ellsworth Kelly’s freestanding sculpture takes the form of a folded ellipse. Elemental shapes, such as the ellipse are found in Kelly’s painting as well. On the relationship between his two- and three-dimensional work, the artist affirmed, “sculpture for me is something I’ve brought off the wall.” The two vibrant primary colours play off each other to the point of pulsation. Blue Red Rocker plays with flat and round: the surface’s extreme flatness contrasts with the ellipse’s bend.The artist points to the real world as his source of inspiration: “The found forms in a cathedral vault or in a panel of asphalt on a roadway seemed more valuable and instructive, an experience more sensual than geometrical painting".
The collection of the Stedelijk Museum contains about 90,000 objects. It is the museum's ambition to present the entire collection on-line. At this moment a selection of 8,000 works is available: more works will be added continuously. In some instances a reproduction cannot be shown due to copyright reasons. For further information please mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the library of the Stedelijk Museum where the collection database gives you access to all the works in the collection.