Yves Klein is best known for having invented his own blue pigment, patented as International Klein Blue. Ultramarine is a deep blue color pigment that was originally made by grinding lapis lazuli. “Blue…is beyond dimensions, whereas the other colors are not,” Klein said. “All colors arouse specific ideas, while blue suggests at most the sea and the sky; and they, after all, are in actual, visible nature what is most abstract.”
Klein then made a series of monochrome paintings, his "Epoca Blu", and exhibited them throughout Europe to great critical and commercial success.
A few years later he started experimenting with other forms of applying paint. Rollers and sponges created varied shapes on the canvas. This led to a type of work Klein called "Anthropométries". Naked female models covered in ultramarine paint would be laid or dragged upon canvases and used as human brushes. Sometimes this was executed in front of an eager audience as an act of performance art with live music.
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