Relief éponge (RE 46), 1960

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Yves Klein

Yves Klein

Relief éponge bleu sans titre (RE 46), 1960

Pigment pur et résine synthétique, éponges naturelles, caillou sur panneau

144,8 x 114,9 cm

Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

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

© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Œuvres d'Yves Klein :

IKB 81, Monochrome bleu sans titre (1957)

SE 231, Sculpture éponge bleue sans titre (1960)

RE 46, Relief éponge bleu sans titre (1960)

Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

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

© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Œuvres d'Yves Klein :

IKB 81, Monochrome bleu sans titre (1957)

SE 231, Sculpture éponge bleue sans titre (1960)

RE 46, Relief éponge bleu sans titre (1960)

James Lee Byars, Is (1989)

Matthew Barney, Water Cast 6 (2015)

Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

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

© The estate of James Lee Byars © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Yves Klein used the energy of natural elements such as air, water and fire in his work.

Sponge plays a recurring role. He applied colour to the base material using impregnation, to avoid brush marks. The uneven surface pitted with dark cavities accentuates the intensity of the colour. In 1958, Klein said: “Thanks to the wild living material of sponges, I was going to be able to make portraits of viewers of my monochromes, who, after having seen them, after having travelled through the blue of my paintings, come back totally impregnated in sensibility, like sponges.” Sponge was the painter's tool, and became his material: “While working on my paintings in the studio, I sometimes used sponges. Very quickly they obviously became blue! One day I noticed the beauty of the blue in the sponge; in an instant this working instrument became raw material for me. It is the sponge’s extraordinary capacity to impregnate itself with anything fluid that attracted me.”

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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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