Anthropométrie sans titre (ANT 104), 1960

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Yves Klein

Yves Klein. ANT 104, Anthropométrie sans titre. 1960

Pigment pur et résine synthétique sur papier marouflé sur toile. 278 x 410 cm

Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

© Succession Yves Klein c/o Adagp, Paris, 2018

© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Kiki Smith. Annunciation (2010)

Yves Klein, Anthropométrie sans titre (ANT 104), (1960)

Œuvres d'Alberto Giacometti : [Buste d'homme (Lotar II)] (Vers 1964-1965), [Buste d'Homme assis (Lotar III)] (vers 1965), Grande Femme II (1960), Homme qui chavire (1950), Tête sur tige (1947), [Homme qui pointe] (1951), Trois hommes qui marchent I /Trois hommes

qui marchent [grand plateau]  (1948), Femme de Venise III (DATE)

© Succession Yves Klein c/o Adagp, Paris, 2018. © Kiki Smith. © Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris + Adagp, Paris, 2018) © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Kiki Smith. Annunciation (2010)

Yves Klein, Anthropométrie sans titre (ANT 104), (1960)

Œuvres d'Alberto Giacometti : [Buste d'homme (Lotar II)] (Vers 1964-1965), [Buste d'Homme assis (Lotar III)] (vers 1965), Grande Femme II (1960), Homme qui chavire (1950), Tête sur tige (1947), [Homme qui pointe] (1951), Trois hommes qui marchent I /Trois hommes

qui marchent [grand plateau]  (1948), Femme de Venise III (DATE)

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© Succession Yves Klein c/o Adagp, Paris, 2018. © Kiki Smith. © Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris + Adagp, Paris, 2018) © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

On 5 June 1958, Klein created his first work with a "living brush" – a woman's body covered with blue paint – before a small audience.

While musicians performed Symphonie monoton-silence, composed by the artist, naked female models covered themselves in Klein's iconic blue (IKB) before being directed by the artist to a surface they painted using their bodies, creating Anthropométries. The term Anthropométrie was used by art critic Pierre Restany in the 1960s.
Klein considered these paintings to be an active collaboration between himself and the models. He used nudity to “stabilise the pictorial material”. He observed particular ceremonial rules, wearing a tuxedo and white gloves while directing the models to show that he wasn’t touching them. In ANT 104, the imprints overlap, making it impossible to distinguish the bodies. The paintings are both a performance and an echo of gestural abstraction, exploring the relationship between painting and body, space and colour.

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Yves Klein

Born in 1928 in Nice (France), died in 1962 in Paris (France)

Yves Klein was driven by a quest for the immaterial and totally disrupted the relationship between painting and the body, space and colour. A particularly intense ultramarine blue, which Klein named IKB (International Klein Blue) became a hallmark of his work.
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