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Yves Klein

(1928-1962), French artist

Sitter in 5 portraits
Born in Nice, into a family of artists, Klein began to paint in the late 1940s. While living in Japan from 1952 to 1953, he became an expert at judo, which he later taught in Spain and Paris, where he lived from 1955. Klein is best known for his monochrome paintings, which from 1957 were mainly in blue, the shade of which he later patented as International Klein Blue.

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Yves Klein, by Ida Kar - NPG x132962

Yves Klein

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1957
NPG x132962

Yves Klein, by Ida Kar - NPG x134819

Yves Klein

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1957
NPG x134819

Yves Klein, by Ida Kar - NPG x134820

Yves Klein

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1957
NPG x134820

Yves Klein, by Ida Kar - NPG x134821

Yves Klein

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1957
NPG x134821

Yves Klein, by Ida Kar - NPG x134822

Yves Klein

by Ida Kar
vintage contact print, 1957
NPG x134822



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