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Kelly's encounter with Jean (Hans) Arp's collages "arranged according to laws of chance" in February 1950 will have a profound impact on the work of the young artist. At that time, chance begins to play an increasingly larger role in Kelly's art, and Seine* is an early and accomplished example. In creating the painting-a representation of light flickering on the wavering surface of the Seine River translated into a geometric pattern-the artist incorporated chance into the process, pulling numbers from a box and darkening the corresponding blocks of a modular grid.

Geography: Made in Paris, France, Europe

Department: Contemporary Art

Credit: Purchased with funds contributed in memory of Anne d'Harnoncourt and other Museum Funds, 2008

1951
Oil on wood
41.9 x 114.9cm
2008-228-1
Image © Ellsworth Kelly
Text © Philadelphia Museum of Art

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