Image of Ellsworth Kelly's "Spectrum I," 1953, a painting of thin multicolor vertical lines showing the color spectrum.Black and white photograph of Kelly squatting beneath his piece "Bandol," taken by Sidney B. Felsen in 1980.Image of Kelly's 1951 abstract painting called "Cite," consisting of uneven horizontal black and white alternating stripes, arranged into five vertical bars.A Lithograph of Ellsworth Kelly called "Saint Martin Landscape," depicting a mountain range ripped in the middle, revealing a female nude torso, breast and stomach, underneath with a thin strip of very blue sky at the top.

With the recent passing of the influential abstract artist Ellsworth Kelly, who helped shape a distinctive style of American painting by combining the solid, colorful shapes of European abstraction with forms extracted from everyday life, the VRC has added 50 images of his work on SVA Image Library (MDID). The reproductions were taken from the books, "Ellsworth Kelly in San Francisco" (University of California Press, 2002), "Letters to Ellsworth" (Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, 2011), and "Ellsworth Kelly: Red Green Blue Paintings and Studies, 1958-1965" (Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 2002) - all of which are available at the SVA Library.

Check out all of the Ellsworth Kelly titles at the SVA Library HERE.

IMAGES (left to right): "Spectrum I," 1953. Oil on canvas, 60 x 60 in. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA); Kelly beneath "Bandol" [Photo by Sidney B. Felsen], 1980; "Cite," 1951. Oil on wood, twenty joined panels. Dimensions: 58.5 x 70.75 in. Photo by Jerry L. Thompson, courtesy of the artist. ©Estate of Ellsworth Kelly - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection; "Saint Martin Landscape," n.d. Lithograph, 26.89 x 33.5 in.