Yves Klein

Yves Klein
Yves Klein, born in 1928 in Nice, was originally a judoka. In 1954, he turned definitively to art and began his "Monochrome Adventure". Driven by the idea of "freeing color from the prison of the line," Yves Klein turned to monochrome because it was for him the only way to paint that allowed him to "see what the absolute was visible. Privileging the expression of sensitivity more than figuration in form, Yves Klein went beyond any artistic representation and conceived the work of art as the trace of the artist's communication with the world. It is the invisible reality that becomes visible. His works are "the ashes of his art". Yves Klein's work reveals a new conception of the artist's function. According to him, beauty already exists, in an invisible state. His task was to capture it wherever it was, in the air and in matter. Yves Klein made his entire life a work of art: "Art is everywhere the artist arrives." In his quest for immateriality and infinity, Yves Klein adopted ultramarine blue as his vehicle. From this more-than-blue blue, which he named "IKB" (International Klein Blue), radiates a colored vibration that does not only engage the viewer's gaze: it is the mind that sees with the eyes. From his monochromes, to the emptiness, to the "technique of living brushes" or "Anthropometry", to the use of elements of nature to manifest their creative force, or of gold, which he uses as a passage to the absolute, he has conceived a body of work that crosses the boundaries of conceptual art, body art, and the happening. Just before he died, Yves Klein confided to a friend: "I am going to enter the largest studio in the world. And I will only make immaterial works there." Between May 1954 and June 6, 1962, the date of his death, Yves Klein will have burned his life to achieve a flamboyant work that marked his time and still shines today.
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