Simon Bisson (sbisson) wrote,
Simon Bisson

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IKB 79

Yves Klein's IKB 79 is one of my favourite paintings. A single sheet of dense, almost electric blue it captures the eye, and the imagination. I could sit in front of it for hours...
Klein rejected the idea of representation or personal expression in painting, and became obsessed with immaterial values, beyond the visible or tactile. He began making monochrome paintings in 1947 as a way of attaining total freedom. A decade later, he developed his trademark, patented colour, International Klein Blue (IKB). He executed a series of paintings using IKB, as well as sculptures made from objects such as sponges dipped in the colour.
(And it's a good thing to discover that the Tate has its entire catalogue online - even if not all the pictures are digitised yet.)
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