Relief éponge bleu, Yves Klein
Yves Klein
Relief éponge bleu
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Yves Klein

Relief éponge bleu, 1960


Dimensions
145.0 x 116.0 cm
Physical Description
Sponge, stone and pigments on wood and canvas
Inventory Number
SG 1254
Acquisition
Acquired in 1981 with municipal and private funds
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

The sky, the sea, the universe: these are usually our first associations. Yves Klein declared this intense blue his ‘trademark’ and had it patented. Yet he made no claim to the individual application of the paint. The work was created in the founding year of the Nouveaux Réalistes. A typical feature of their works is the involvement of ordinary, everyday objects. The sponges and gravel used here look like extremely enlarged grains of pigment. Klein deliberately omitted the confining frame, thus suggesting that his composition can continue infinitely in all directions.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Relief éponge bleu (Original Title)
Title Translation
Blue Sponge Relief (Little Night Music)
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Sponge, stone and pigments on wood and canvas
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© The Estate of Yves Klein / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1981 with municipal and private funds

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 22C4(BLUE) colours, pigments, and paints: blue

Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
Yves Klein
Georges Marci, Gstaad, ca. 1960
Slg. Boutard, Zürich
Galerie Zwirner, Köln
verkauft an die Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, 1981.

Information

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06.08.2019