88 years ago today, the influential French artist Yves Klein was born. Although he passed at the young age of 34, his artistic pursuits and work made a lasting mark in the art world. He might be best known for his use of and fixation with the color blue; so much so that in 1957, he developed and patented his own ultramarine blue, called International Klein Blue (IKB ). "Blue has no dimensions, it is beyond dimensions" he once claimed.
Not just a leading painter in the French artistic movement of Nouveau realisme (founded by art critic Pierre Restany in 1960), he was also a forerunner of performance art, and certainly inspired Minimal art along with Pop art. In celebration of his birthday, we urge you to take a look at what we have available on the artist (click on either image):
TOP IMAGES (left to right): Portrait of Yves Klein shortly before his death, 1962; "Leap into the Void" [Photo credit: Harry Shunk-John Kender], 1960; "Arman," 1962; "Untitled Anthropometry (ANT 100)," 1960.