Yves Klein, ‘Petite Vénus Bleue’, 1956/7, Artware Editions
Yves Klein, ‘Petite Vénus Bleue’, 1956/7, Artware Editions
Yves Klein, ‘Petite Vénus Bleue’, 1956/7, Artware Editions

Petite Vénus Bleue (1956/57) by Yves Klein features a brass pin covered in International Klein Bleue (IKB) pigment and shaped as one of Klein's Vénus Bleue figures. The pin is mounted perpendicularly to a gold-leafed, acrylic backdrop that attaches to a gold-leafed acrylic base. The acrylic box that encloses the object removes completely and is not attached to the base.

This edition is number 54 from an edition of 500 and features the etched edition number on the back. The multiple was published by his estate under T.A.T Arts & Stéphane Klein with whom we work directly.

The dimensions with the box are 4 13/16 x 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 inches.

The dimensions without the base are 4 9/16 x 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 inches.

The pin is approximately 2 1/4 x 1 x 3/16 inches.

Signature: Pin is stamped and numbered on verso.

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