Yves Klein

Yves Klein (1928-1962) worked with his characteristic blue pigment throughout his artistic career. It was only in his late work that he broadened his colour palette.

Klein later recounted a formative experience and thus also provides an explanation for his obsession with the colour blue: "As I lay stretched upon the beach of Nice, I began to feel hatred for birds which flew back and forth across my blue sky, cloudless sky, because they tried to bore holes in my greatest and most beautiful work."

Klein is considered an important pioneer of the Nouveau Realisme genre. However, the conceptual works of the internationally renowned Frenchman are also close to the works of the German ZERO movement around Otto Piene, Heinz Mack and Günther Uecker and the Arte Povera of, for example, Lucio Fontana.

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