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Yves Klein Art

French, 1928-1962

French artist Yves Klein is best known for his trademark ultramarine pigment, which he patented as International Klein Blue in 1961. “Blue … is beyond dimensions, whereas the other colors are not,” he said.

“All colors arouse specific ideas, while blue suggests at most the sea and the sky; and they, after all, are in actual, visible nature what is most abstract.”

Starting in the mid-1950s, Klein made retinal blue monochrome paintings (which would prove cornerstones of Minimalism) and the pigment would also feature prominently in his Anthropometry paintings, for which Klein smeared nude women with blue pigment and used them as human brushes on canvas, sometimes in elaborate public performances. Klein's work anticipated Conceptual art, performance art and environmental art, as in his selling of portions of empty space to collectors. For The Void (1958), he presented an empty gallery as an artwork, wearing a white tie and tails to show visitors around the blank walls.

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Artist: Yves Klein
Peintures Chez Iris Clert, 1957 (Certified and stamped by Yves Klein Archives)
By Yves Klein
Located in New York, NY
"...Blue has no dimensions, it is beyond dimensions, whereas the other colours are not.... All colours arouse specific associative ideas, psychologically material or tangible, while ...
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2010s Abstract Geometric Yves Klein Art

Materials

Lithograph

La Conférence à la Sorbonne, 3 Juin, 1959
By Yves Klein
Located in New York, NY
Yves Klein La Conférence à la Sorbonne, 3 Juin, 1959, 1959-1963 Two 12-inch vinyl records held in gatefold sleeve with silkscreen cover jacket in IKB International Klein Blue Color. ...
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1960s Abstract Geometric Yves Klein Art

Materials

Plastic, Mixed Media, Screen

Anthropométrie ANT 148
By Yves Klein
Located in New York, NY
A very good impression of this color screenprint on heavy white wove paper. Edition of 200. Printed by l'Atelier Eric Linard, Paris. Published by Editions T.A.T Arts, Paris, with th...
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Early 2000s Modern Yves Klein Art

Materials

Color, Screen

Untitled Blue Planetary Relief (RP6), 1961 (Certified by Yves Klein Archives)
By Yves Klein
Located in New York, NY
Yves Klein Untitled Blue Planetary Relief (RP6), 1961 (Certified by Yves Klein Archives), 2015 Color Inkjet Print 29 3/4 × 39 3/4 inches Edition 32/50 Signed in plate, stamped by art...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Geometric Yves Klein Art

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Inkjet

Blue Earth, Multiples, Yves Klein, Resin, Sculpture, Nature, 1980's, Design
By Yves Klein
Located in Geneva, CH
Blue Earth, Multiples, Yves Klein, Resin, Sculpture, Nature, 1980's, Design La Terre bleue Ed. 300 pcs 1988 Resin coated with blue pigment H. 35 cm Numbered underside : 191/300 Cert...
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1980s Contemporary Yves Klein Art

Materials

Resin

Galerie Karl Flinker à Paris by Yves Klein
By Yves Klein
Located in New York, NY
Artist: Yves Klein Medium: Lithographic Poster, 1973 Dimensions: 36.5 x 21.5 in, 92.7 x 54.6 cm
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1970s Yves Klein Art

Materials

Lithograph

Monochrome & Eponge
By Yves Klein
Located in Washington , DC, DC
After Yves Klein Rare set of works produced on the occasion of the Yves Klein exhibition in November 1991 by The Archives, Rotterdam Contains 3 colored cards and one sponge. Sta...
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1990s Contemporary Yves Klein Art

Materials

Paper

Yves Klein Blue Earth Sculpture IKB Pigment Plaster Cast in Plexiglas Box
By Yves Klein
Located in Paris, FR
Created in 1957, this edition started to be executed in 1988 IKB pigment and synthetic resin on plaster cast, in plexiglas, signed Rotraut Klein Moquay and numbered XXX/300 on the ba...
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1950s Post-War Yves Klein Art

Materials

Plaster, Synthetic Resin, Pigment

Yves Klein Monogold Coffee Table Authorized Dealer in Paris Gold Leaves 24K
By Yves Klein
Located in Paris, FR
Yves Klein, Monogold coffee table. Glass, Plexiglas, metal and gold leaf. Signed R. Klein Moquay and numbered on a label affixed to the underside of the table. This work is from an e...
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1960s Yves Klein Art

Materials

Metal, Gold Leaf

Yves Klein Catalogue Raisonné in Plexiglas Box with Klein Blue, Pink and Gold
By Yves Klein
Located in Paris, FR
Yves Klein, Catalogue Raisonné Plexiglas box with raw blue and pink pigments and gold leaves. Edited in 2000. Numbered from the edition of 440, the deluxe edition of the Catalogue Ra...
Category

1950s Post-War Yves Klein Art

Materials

Gold Leaf

Yves Klein Small IKB Venus Brooch Sculpture Jewel in International Klein Blue
By Yves Klein
Located in Paris, FR
Yves Klein, Small IKB Venus Brooch Bronze multiple, painted with International Klein Blue (IKB). From a model created in 1956. Edition of 500 copies + 100 artist’s proofs. Height: 6 ...
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1950s Yves Klein Art

Materials

Bronze, Gold Leaf

Sculpture Eponge Bleue (SE 281)
By Yves Klein
Located in PARIS, FR
Sculpture Eponge Bleue (SE 281), 1961 Eponge naturelle avec résine synthétique et pigments secs 1 1/2 × 2 3/10 × 1 4/5 in 3.9 × 5.9 × 4.5 cm
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1960s Yves Klein Art

Materials

Resin, Pigment

Yves Klein - Petite Vénus Bleue - Sculpture
By Yves Klein
Located in Collonge Bellerive, Geneve, CH
Beautiful Sculpture by Yves Klein Petite Vénus Bleue (1956/57) by Yves Klein features a brass pin covered in International Klein Bleue (IKB) pigment and shaped as one of Klein's Ve...
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1950s Modern Yves Klein Art

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Yves Klein art for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers a wide variety of authentic Yves Klein art for sale. You can find work that includes elements of purple and other colors if you are browsing the collection of art to introduce a pop of color in a neutral corner of your living room or bedroom. You can also browse by medium to find Yves Klein's art in pigment, plastic, plexiglass and more. Much of the original work by this artist or collective was created during the 20th Century and is mostly associated with the Post-War style. Not every interior allows for large Yves Klein art, so small editions measuring 2.9600000381469727 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the work of Michael L. Mason, Joel Shapiro and Francois Morellet. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $1,200 and tops out at $112,862, while the average work can sell for $14,390. Yves Klein art prices can vary depending upon medium, time period and other attributes.

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Questions About Yves Klein Art
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Yves Klein was a French artist and designer. He was a part of the Nouveau réalisme, a movement that argued art did not need to be political or idealistic. Klein was born on April 28, 1928, in Nice, France, and died on June 6, 1962, in Paris, France. Find a selection of Yves Klein art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To pronounce Yves Klein, say "eev kline." "Yves" sounds like the traditionally feminine name "Eve," but is actually a French boy's name that means "yew wood." Yves Klein was an artist who lived from 1928 to 1962. Shop a variety of Yves Klein art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Yves Klein is important because of the breakthroughs he made with his art and the influence he had on contemporary artists. His use of a single shade of ultramarine blue redefined abstract art, and many conceptual artists drew inspiration from his performance paintings. On 1stDibs, find a selection of Yves Klein art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    In the U.S., you can see Yves Klein art at a number of museums. They include the Museum of Modern Art in New York, New York; the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in San Francisco, California; and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. On 1stDibs, find a collection of Yves Klein art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To Yves Klein, blue meant the sky and sea. He explained that both of these parts of nature are difficult for humans to comprehend. As a result, he believed the color to be the most abstract. Shop a range of Yves Klein art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Whether or not Yves Klein is considered a contemporary artist depends on the definition of the term. This is because he died in 1962. Some historians classify any artist active after 1950 as contemporary, while some place the start of the contemporary period in the 1970s or 80s. Shop a selection of Yves Klein art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Yves Klein blue is a deep ultramarine blue color. The artist Yves Klein trademarked the color in 1957. Its technical name is International Klein Blue or IKB, and you can see it in many of Klein's paintings, including Blue Monochrome. Shop a collection of Yves Klein art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    The general public responded to Yves Klein with confusion and shock. His monochrome paintings led some to debate just what art was, and his performance paintings were controversial due to his use of naked women. Find a range of Yves Klein art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    During his painting performances, Yves Klein used naked women in place of paintbrushes. While he produced art in front of an audience, he played “Klein's Monotone Symphony.” It was just one note played repeatedly for 20 minutes before a 20-minute period of silence. You'll find a selection of Yves Klein art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Yves Klein painted one abstract composition entitled Blue Monochrome. It is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, New York. Klein did produce more than 200 monochromatic blue compositions . Other examples include IKB 79 at the Tate Modern in London, United Kingdom, and IKB 3 at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Paint pigments are what's inside the Yves Klein table. To create the table, the designer sprinkled the pigments over a wood base. Although he died before he could frame the table in glass, the project was later finished under the supervision of his widow. You'll find a selection of Yves Klein art on 1stDibs.

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