The French artist Yves Klein is perhaps most famous for his invention of the color International Klein Blue (IKB), IKB was developed by Yves Klein in collaboration with Edouard Adam, a Parisian art paint supplier whose shop is still in business on the Boulevard Edgar-Quinet in Paris. The uniqueness of IKB does not derive from the ultramarine pigment, but rather from the matte, synthetic resin binder in which the color is suspended, and which allows the pigment to maintain as much of its original qualities and intensity of color as possible.
IKB 191 (1962), one of a number of works Klein painted with International Klein Blue
If you have read my blog for a while, you might remember me writing about Maggie Nelson’s wonderful book Bluets. In it she has this passage on IKB:
78. Once I traveled to the Tate in London to see the blue paintings of Yves Klein, who invented and patented his own shade of ultramarine, International Klein Blue (IKB), then painted canvases and objects with it throughout a period of his life he dubbed “l’epoque bleue.” Standing in front of these blue paintings, or propositions, at the Tate, feeling their blue radiate out so hotly that it seemed to be touching, perhaps even hurting, my eyeballs, I wrote but one phrase in my notebook: too much.
Maggie Nelson: Bluets. Wave books (2009)
But Klein was not only a painter, he was also a pioneer in the development of performance art, and is especially well known for his leaps.
A great little post on Yves Klein’s famous “Leap Into the Void” – can be found here: THE DAILY PIC (#1389): This is Yves Klein’s famous “Leap Into…