Yves Klein, ‘ANT 148, 1960-2001’, ca. 2001, EHC Fine Art
Yves Klein, ‘ANT 148, 1960-2001’, ca. 2001, EHC Fine Art

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French artist Yves Klein used female models as “living paintbrushes” to make his performative Anthropometry paintings, which were often produced as elaborate performances in front of an audience. Klein would direct the women, covered in blue paint, a color he patented as International Klein Blue, to make imprints of their bodies on large sheets of paper. A screenprint of one of his Anthropometries, this work clearly presents the a female body outlined in various hues of blue.

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About Yves Klein

Yves Klein is best known for his trademark ultramarine pigment, which he patented as International Klein Blue in 1961. “Blue…is beyond dimensions, whereas the other colors are not,” he said. “All colors arouse specific ideas, while blue suggests at most the sea and the sky; and they, after all, are in actual, visible nature what is most abstract.” Starting in the mid-1950s, Klein made retinal blue monochromes (which would prove cornerstones of Minimalism) and the pigment would also feature prominently in his Anthropometry paintings, for which Klein smeared nude women with blue pigment and used them as human brushes on canvas, sometimes in elaborate public performances. Klein's work anticipated Conceptual art, Performance art, and environmental art, as in his selling of portions of empty space to collectors. For The Void (1958), he presented an empty gallery as an artwork, wearing a white tie and tails to show visitors around the blank walls.

French, 1928-1962, Nice, France, based in Paris, France