"He struck up friendships with other Americans in Paris, including choreographer Merce Cunningham and composer John Cage. He borrowed the element of chance that Cage used in his musical compositions and began to paint fleeting moments of shadow and shade. He would choose colors at random to illustrate his shapes, thus turning images from everyday life into bright, seemingly abstract patterns.
"'People have called my work elegant,' he once said. 'I prefer "voluptuous."'"
Matt Schudel in The Washington Post writes an obituary for Ellsworth Kelly.