Yves KleinIKB 79 1959

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Artist
Yves Klein (1928‑1962)
Title
IKB 79
Date 1959
MediumPaint on canvas on plywood
Dimensionsobject: 1397 x 1197 x 32 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1972
Reference
T01513
Not on display

Summary

IKB 79 was one of nearly two hundred blue monochrome paintings Yves Klein made during his short life. He began making monochromes in 1947, considering them to be a way of rejecting the idea of representation in painting and therefore of attaining creative freedom. Although it is difficult to date many of these works precisely, the early ones have an uneven surface, whereas later ones, such as the present work, are finer and more uniform in texture. Klein did not give titles to these works but after his death in 1962, his widow Rotraut Klein-Moquay numbered all the known blue monochromes IKB 1 to IKB 194, a sequence which did not reflect their chronological order… (read more)

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