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(1928 – 1962), France

Yves Klein Biography

Born in 1928, Yves Klein was a French artist most recognized for his colour field paintings and committment to the colour blue. Klein began to paint in the 1940s and formulate his first monochromatic theories which resulted in stark canvases of yellow, pink, orange, red, and green. However, in 1957 he abandoned the use of other colours in favour of the colour blue with the exhibition Proposition Monochrome: Blue Epoch. The exhibition comprised of eleven identical blue canvases made use of a colour that he and a chemist developed called the 'International Klein Blue'. The colour, made from pure colour pigments and a binding medium, was thought by Klein to evoke the boundlessness and immateriality of his utopian view of the world. As well as using conventional methods of painting, Klein also had naked women covered in blue paint drag their bodies across a surface to create a series of works called Anthropometries. He is considered an important figure in Post-War art as his work represents a response to the monochrome style present in the twentieth century. His work is most-notably included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Klein died in Paris of a heart attack in 1962.

Yves Klein Featured Artworks

Untitled Monogold (MG 47) by Yves Klein contemporary artwork
Yves KleinUntitled Monogold (MG 47), 1959Gold leaf on wood panel
21.5 x 17.3 cm
Lévy Gorvy Contact Gallery
Untitled Pink Sponge Sculpture (SE 204) by Yves Klein contemporary artwork
Yves KleinUntitled Pink Sponge Sculpture (SE 204), 1959Dry pigment and synthetic resin on natural sponge, metal stem, and stone base
Lévy Gorvy Contact Gallery
Eponge Bleue, SE 313 by Yves Klein contemporary artwork
Yves KleinEponge Bleue, SE 313, c. 1961Pure pigment and synthetic resin on natural sponge, brass
7 x 6 x 4 cm
Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea Contact Gallery

Yves Klein Recent Exhibitions

Yves Klein Represented By

Lévy Gorvy contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Lévy Gorvy Miami, New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris, Zurich

Yves Klein In Ocula Magazine

London Auction Sales Down Despite $30m Hockney Splash Ocula News London Auction Sales Down Despite $30m Hockney Splash London, 18 February 2020

The third highest price fetched by Hockney at auction contributed to over US $500 million in sales.

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Yves Klein In Related Press

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Stanley Whitney’s Machine for Painting Related Press Stanley Whitney’s Machine for Painting 13 July 2019, Hyperallergic

MAHÓN, Menorca — I usually don't go around ranking artists but I was enormously impressed by the Albert Oehlen retrospective in Venice this past January. I thought, who do we have as good as this guy? Seeing Stanley Whitney's most recent work this summer gave me my answer. While not departing from his known program, his newest seems to...

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Yves Klein artworks electrify Blenheim Palace’s baroque interiors Related Press Yves Klein artworks electrify Blenheim Palace’s baroque interiors 23 July 2018, Wallpaper*

He’s a household name yet ‘most people do not know anything about Yves Klein’, says Daniel Moquay, director of the late French artist’s estate, and husband of Klein’s widow, Rotraut. Moquay has helped to coordinate an exhibition on Klein – who would have been 90 this year – taking place in the spectacular settings of Blenheim Palace.

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An Ode to an Alley Related Press An Ode to an Alley 5 January 2017, Modern Magazine

In Paris, a short, narrow alley in the fifteenth arrondissement known as Impasse Ronsin became a hub for some of the most prominent artists of the twentieth century, including Constantin Brancusi, Max Ernst, Yves Klein, Les Lalanne, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Jean Tinguely, among others. An exhibition, Impasse Ronsin, at the Paul Kasmin Gallery on...

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The woman who painted her body for artist Yves Klein Related Press The woman who painted her body for artist Yves Klein 23 October 2016, BBC

It has come to be seen as one of the landmark events in the history of performance art. The evening was conducted by French artist Yves Klein, who wore a black dinner jacket and white bow tie for the occasion, and who gave us a radically different type of nude in art. But there has been criticism of the way Klein used young women - dubbed...

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