Yves Klein – Blue Abstraction

“I had left the visible, physical blue at the door, outside, in the street. The real blue was inside, the blue of the profundity of space, the blue of my kingdom, of our kingdom!  “– Yves Klein

Yves Klein was the most influential and controversial French artist to emerge in the 1950s. A founding member of the Nouveau Realisme movement in France, he was also a pioneer in Performance Art and installations, as well as a forerunner of Body Art, and Conceptual Art.

Perhaps Klein was remembered above all for his exclusive use of a single color, the rich shade of ultramarine that he made his own: International Klein Blue (IKB).

Yves Klein, Untitled blue monochrome (IKB 82), 1959. Dry pigment in synthetic resin on canvas, mounted on board, 36 1/4 x 28 1/4 inches (92.1 x 71.8 cm)

IKB 191, 1962

Klein considered that this colour had a quality close to pure space and he associated it with immaterial values beyond what can be seen or touched.

L’accord bleu (RE10), 1960

IKB untitled 

yves klein archives:

blue vessel. Yves Klein (1928-1962) is perhaps best remembered as a painter of blue monochrome paintings. More specifically, he is known for the particular shade of blue paint employed in his paintings and sculptures, the trademarked International Klein Blue (IKB).:

Blue vessel 

Blue table

Yves Klein 1961:

Yves Klein | Painting Performance Paint:

Yves Klein. #Indigo:


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