Yves Klein

Yves Klein, Anthropométrie sans titre (ANT 89), 1961, dry pigment and synthetic resin on paper mounted on canvas, 87 × 59 1/2 inches (221 × 151 cm) © Yves Klein, ADAGP, Paris/DACS, London


Yves Klein was born in Nice, France in 1928, and died in 1962 in Paris. He began painting monochromes in 1950, exhibiting them publicly for the first time in Paris in 1955. In 1960, he patented the formula for International Klein Blue. In 1961 he presented “Yves Klein: Monochrome und Feuer,” a major retrospective in Krefeld, Germany. Recent retrospectives include “Yves Klein,” Guggenheim Bilbao (2005); “Body, Colour, Immaterial,” Centre Pompidou (2006-7) and “Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers,” Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C. (2010).