Yves Klein. Blue Monochrome. 1961

Yves Klein Blue Monochrome 1961

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Monochrome abstraction—the use of one color over an entire canvas—has been a strategy adopted by many painters wishing to challenge expectations of what an image can and should represent. Klein likened monochrome painting to an "open window to freedom." He worked with a chemist to develop his own particular brand of blue. Made from pure color pigment and a binding medium, it is called International Klein Blue. Klein adopted this hue as a means of evoking the immateriality and boundlessness of his own particular utopian vision of the world.

Gallery label from 2006
Dry pigment in synthetic polymer medium on cotton over plywood
6' 4 7/8" x 55 1/8" (195.1 x 140 cm)
The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection
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Painting and Sculpture