Yves Klein was a French Conceptual artist with a wide-ranging and highly influential practice. Perhaps best remembered for his use of a particularly vivid shade of blue, he began creating his monochrome series in the 1950s by developing and patenting his own signature hue known as IKB, or International Klein Blue. Born on April 28, 1928 in Nice, France, the artist founded the New Realism movement with the art critic Pierre Restany in Klein’s Parisian apartment in 1960. Other original members included Arman, Jean Tinguely, and François Dufrêne. Klein’s blend of early Conceptual and performance art contrasted with the Expressionism and early Pop sensibilities of international artists’ practices at this time, with some of his most memorable works including nude models acting as “living brushes” to paint canvases with his blue pigment in his Anthropométries series. The artist’s brief but prolific life ended with his untimely death from a heart attack at the age of 34 on June 6, 1962 in Paris, France.
- 1928 - 1962 †
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