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Christies: Yves Klein, Victoire de Samothrace

Posted in Art, artists, auction, London, paris, Sculpture, Uncategorized by petercombe on September 9, 2011


Yves Klein (1928-1962)
Victoire de Samothrace

Estimate

    £35,000 – £55,000

  • ($55,755 – $87,615)

Incised with the artist’s initials and dated ‘YK 62’ (on the right wing); numbered ‘EA I/XXV’ (on the reverse and the underside of the stone)
dry blue pigment in synthetic resin on plaster with a metal and stone base
19¾ x 10½ x 10in. (50.2 x 26.7 x 25.4cm.)
Executed in 1962, this work is HC number one from an edition of one hundred and seventy-five plus twenty-five HC edited by Galerie Karl Flinker LC, Paris.

I saw this in the Christies window in South Kensington, London this evening. The photo does it no justice at all. Set to auction during their Post-War & Contemporary Art sale on the 14th, Sept., it was a jewel to behold. A heavenly apparition.

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Yves Klein, Ex-voto to sainte Rita de Cascia

Posted in Art, Sculpture by petercombe on November 10, 2010

Yves Klein, Ex-voto to sainte Rita de Cascia, February, 1961: Yves Klein traveled to Cascia in Italy, to place an ex-voto in the Saint Rita Monastery. The object would only be rediscovered in 1980 in the Monastery’s storehouse of offerings.

A nun of Cascia’s monastery showing the ex-voto to sainte Rita de Cascia presented by Yves Klein in February 1961.

Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers

Posted in Art, Sculpture by petercombe on September 18, 2010
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Yves Klein, Pink Monochrome,
Untitled (MP 19)
c. 1962
pure pigment with synthetic resin on canvas mounted on wood
36 1/4 x 28 3/8 x 7/8 ”
Private collection

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One of the 20th century’s most influential artists, Yves Klein (French, b. Nice, 1928; d. Paris, 1962) took the European art scene by storm in a prolific but brief career that lasted only from 1954 to 1962. Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers at the Hirshhorn Museum, was the first major retrospective of the artist’s work in the United States since 1982.

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