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Ellsworth Kelly (Getty Images / Jack Mitchell)
Ellsworth Kelly (Getty Images / Jack Mitchell)
Ellsworth Kelly, a prominent U.S. sculptor and painter known for his brightly colored abstract art, has died. He was 92.

Kelly died Sunday at his home in Spencertown, New York, where he had lived and worked since 1970. No cause of death was announced.

Kelly created his well-known 1963 painting titled "Three Panels: Red Yellow Blue, I," which feature vivid colors similar to those of birds that he watched as a young boy.

The artist studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts on the G.I. Bill following a stint in the U.S. Army. He later studied in Paris.

After returning to the United States in 1954, he created vivid abstract, geometrical paintings.

His works have been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and New York City's Museum of Modern Art, among others.

He was a sculptor as well. One of his earliest works was 1957's "Sculpture for a Large Wall," a 65-foot-long piece that once graced the transportation building at the Penn Center in Philadelphia.

Visitors to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., may well recall "Memorial," which is composed of four wall sculptures. The largest of the four is a plain white, fanlike panel that stretches nearly 27 feet at its widest point. Opposite from the panel are three rectangular panels. Art experts say the fan-shaped panel resembles a giant bird rising above windows.

Kelly received the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in 2013.

He is survived by his husband, Jack Shear, and a brother, David.
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