Born in 1928 in Nice, Yves Klein is one of the most important artists in post-war European art and a key figure of the Nouveau Réalisme, founded in 1960 by art critic Pierre Restany.
Klein’s works have been exhibited in numerous museums and is part of important private and public collections across the world.
Klein is known above all for his blue monochrome paintings, which were rendered in International Klein Blue, a bright blue pigment that was to become the artist’s trademark.
The artist chose to express feelings rather than figurative forms: Klein conceived the work of art as a trace of communication between the artist and the world, thus moving beyond ideas of artistic representation. According to the artist, beauty existed everywhere, but in a state of invisibility. The use of blue was considered as the vehicle for his quest to capture immateriality and the infinite.