Yves Klein
Monochrome Bleu (IKB 3)

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A vintage exhibition poster (lithograph on Arches paper) after French artist Yves Klein (1928-1962) titled "Monochrome Bleu (IKB 3)", 1989. Made for the Centre Georges Pompidou, National Museum of Modern Art of France, where the actual signed lithograph resides in their permanent collection. Sheet size: 39.5" x 27.5". Yves Klein's niece possesses an example of this original poster in her own private collection. Extremely rare, excellent condition.

Printed upper left in French: "Monochrome Bleu (IKB 3) - 1960 / 199 x 153 cm / 1989 by Adagp et Flammarion 4, Paris 6, 19 Rue Visconti, Citation extraite d'un texte ecrit par Yves Klein en 1961, a' L'hotel Chelsea New York, en collaboration avec Neil Levine et John Archambault. Traduit par denis Roche et publie par la galerie Alexandre Iolas - Imprime en France par CCB Edition - F. 610".

Translated to English: "Monochrome Bleu (IKB 3) - 1960 / 199 x 153 cm / 1989 by Adagp and 4 Flammarion , Paris 6, 19 Rue Visconti, Quote from a text written by Yves Klein in 1961, The Chelsea Hotel, New York in collaboration with Neil Levine and John Archambault. Translated by Denis Roche and published by the Alexandre Iolas Gallery - Printed in France by CCB Edition - 610 F.

Yves Klein Quote bottom left printed in French: "Ce jour-la alors que j'etais entendu sur la plage de nice, je mis a eprouver de la haine pour les oiseaux qui volaient de-ci, de-la, dans mon beau ciel bleu sans nuage, parce qu'ils essayaient de faire des trous dans la plus belle de mes oeuvres"

Yves Klein Quote bottom left translated to English: "That day when I was heard on the nice beach, I put felt hatred for birds which flew in to her, in my beautiful cloudless blue sky , because they were trying to make holes in the most beautiful of my works".

Yves Klein (28 April 1928 – 6 June 1962) was a French artist considered an important figure in post-war European art. He is the leading member of the French artistic movement of Nouveau réalisme founded in 1960 by art critic Pierre Restany. Klein was a pioneer in the development of performance art, and is seen as an inspiration to, and as a forerunner of, Minimal art, as well as Pop art.

Klein was born in Nice, in the Alpes-Maritimes department of France. His parents, Fred Klein and Marie Raymond, were both painters. His father painted in a loose Post-Impressionist style, while his mother was a leading figure in Art informel, and held regular soirées with other leading practitioners of this Parisian abstract movement.

From 1942 to 1946, Klein studied at the École Nationale de la Marine Marchande and the École Nationale des Langues Orientales and began practicing judo. At this time, he became friends with Arman (Armand Fernandez) and Claude Pascal and started to paint. At the age of nineteen, Klein and his friends lay on a beach in the south of France, and divided the world between themselves; Arman chose the earth, Pascal, words, while Klein chose the ethereal space surrounding the planet, which he then proceeded to sign:

With this famous symbolic gesture of signing the sky, Klein had foreseen, as in a reverie, the thrust of his art from that time onwards—a quest to reach the far side of the infinite.

Between 1947 and 1948, Klein conceived his Monotone Symphony (1949, formally Monotone Silence Symphony) that consisted of a single 20-minute sustained chord followed by a 20-minute silence – a precedent to both La Monte Young's drone music and John Cage's 4′33″.[citation needed] During the years 1948 to 1952, he traveled to Italy, Great Britain, Spain, and Japan. In Japan, at the age of 25, he became a master at judo receiving the rank of yodan (4th dan/degree black-belt) from the Kodokan, which at that time was a remarkable achievement for a westerner. He also stayed in Japan in 1953. Klein later wrote a book on Judo called Les Fondements du judo. In 1954, Klein settled permanently in Paris and began in earnest to establish himself in the art world.
Yves Klein (1928-1962, French)
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39.5 in. H x 27.5 in. W
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Charlottesville, VA
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