Yves Klein. Anthropometry: Princess Helena. 1960

Yves Klein Anthropometry: Princess Helena 1960

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Klein employed female models as "living paintbrushes" to make this work and others in his Anthropometry series, named after the study of human body measurements. "In this way," the artist said, "I stayed clean. I no longer dirtied myself with color, not even the tips of my fingers." Klein directed the models, covered in International Klein Blue—his patented blue paint—to make imprints of their bodies on large sheets of paper. He staged the making of Anthropometries as elaborate performances for an audience, complete with blue cocktails and a performance of his Monotone Symphony—a single note played for twenty minutes, followed by twenty minutes of silence.

Gallery label from 2008
Oil on paper on wood
6' 6" x 50 1/2" (198 x 128.2 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wiesenberger
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© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Painting and Sculpture