On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the French artist’s death, the Yves Klein Archives and the Pierre Frey House are celebrating his memory and his work by creating two panoramic wallpapers and three rugs. The quality of their production and the accuracy of their dimensions and colours faithfully reproduce the work and creative power of the artist. Despite a very short career (from 1954 to 1962), Yves Klein is now considered one of the great figures of contemporary art, asserting himself through a singular and disconcerting artistic practice. In 1960 he developed IKB (International Klein Blue), whose intensity and depth were inspired by the purity and luminosity of Lapis Lazuli. The monochrome blue that made the artist so successful is not the only characteristic of Yves Klein’s work. He plays with the creative force of the elements of nature, water, air and fire, to create astonishing compositions and distinguishes in the incandescence of the flame the three fundamental colours, blue, gold and pink, which inspire his « Peintures de feu ».
Les anthropométries « ant 125 » et « ant 82 »
Les anthropométries, prints of naked women‘s bodies smeared with blue on a white canvas, appeared around 1960. The women collaborated in the painting and became living brushes under the instructions of the artist, who thus became a precursor of performance art. Printed in panoramic format by Pierre Frey, or reinterpreted in hand-knotted woollen yarns, the wallpapers and carpets precisely transcribe the flat colours and the drips of the anthropometries.
Yves Klein Ant 125 panoramic wallpaper/ 4m wide by 3m high
Yves Klein Ant 82 panoramic wallpaper / 5m wide by 3m high
Carpet Ant 125 - Jonathan Swift / 1.80 x 2.70 m, 100% wool, hand knotted, cut pile
Les Peintures de feu
Just as blue, gold and pink were powerful symbols in Yves Klein’s artistic work. This trilogy of fundamental colours evokes the decomposed colours of a flame when approached. The combination of wool and silk velvet for this cut velvet carpet highlights the density of the monochrome colours and the shimmer of the gold.
Carpet FC17 - Untitled fire paint - 2,50 m x 2,80 m, New Zealand wool and vegetable silk, cut pile, hand tufted
Carte de Mars par l’eau et le feu
Yves Klein learned to master the power of the elements and sought to print the trace of fire on various cardboard supports. He sprayed water on them and then let the flames blow. The wet surfaces burn more slowly than the dry ones, the fire does its work and a hitherto invisible composition takes shape. The mixture of wool and silk that makes up the carpet creates a play of mattness and shine and elegantly translates the contrast between the burnt material and the golden flame.
Carpet Carte de Mars par l’eau et le feu - Yves Klein F83 / 2m by 2,80m, New Zealand wool and vegetable silk, cut velvet, hand tufted