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This work is from an edition begun in 1963 under the supervision of Yves Klein's widow, Rotraut Klein-Moquay, based on a model by Yves Klein designed in 1961.

Yves Klein was born in Nice in 1928 to parents who were both contemporary French painters in their own rights. He attended several of the Grandes ecoles, and even began practicing judo, between the years of 1942 and 1946. Following the artistic precedent set by his parents, Klein also started painting during this time. He composed his first Symphonie monotone in 1947 before traveling throughout Europe and Japan in the following years. He returned to France in 1954 and settled permanently in Paris, focusing on the cultivation of his artistic career. Although Klein exhibited before this time, his first public showing was the publication of the artist’s book Yves: Peintures in 1954. The book featured a series of intense monochromes inspired by the various cities he had lived in and anticipated the artist’s subsequent shows of monochrome pieces.

This piece and Klein’s work in general illustrates the artist’s efforts to make his audience simultaneously “feel” and “understand” an idea.

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  • Pickup Location: California, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 49 x 39 x 14 in. (124.46 x 99.06 x 35.56 cm.)
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