Yves Klein

1 portrait

Yves Klein, by Ida Kar, 1957 - NPG x132962 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Yves Klein

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1957
Purchased, 1999
Photographs Collection
NPG x132962


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  • Yves Klein (1928-1962), French artist. Sitter in 5 portraits.

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  • Ida Kar (1908-1974), Photographer. Artist associated with 1495 portraits, Sitter in 137 portraits.

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Kar photographed Klein next to his blue sponge sculpture at his first London show, titled Monochrome Propositions of Yves Klein, held at Gallery One. The exhibition provoked controversial reviews, including the Daily Mirror's piece headlined 'The Artist Who Paints Nothing.'