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Yves Klein Quotes

Quotes by Yves Klein - (19 quotes)

Yves Klein - From the Art category:

-said after a performance of The Monotone Symphony...
The Myth is in art. (Yves Klein)

Yves Klein - From the Colour category:

Blue has no dimensions; it is beyond dimensions, whereas the other colours are not... All colours arouse specific associative ideas... while blue suggests at most the sea and sky, and they, after all, are in actual, visible nature what is most abstract. (Yves Klein)

Yves Klein - From the Communication category:

To feel the soul without explaining it, without vocabulary, and to represent this sensation. (Yves Klein)

Yves Klein - From the Creativity category:

I remain detached and distant, but it is under my eyes and my orders that the work of art must create itself... Then, when the creation starts, I stand there, present at the ceremony, immaculate, calm, relaxed... ready to welcome the work of art that is coming into existence in the tangible world... (Yves Klein)

Yves Klein - From the Earth category:

The world is blue. (Yves Klein)

Yves Klein - From the Fire category:

I made the flames lick the surface of the painting in such a way that is recorded the spontaneous traces of the fire. But what is it that provokes in me this pursuit of the impression of fire? Why must I search for its traces? (Yves Klein)

Yves Klein - From the Form category:

Every phenomenon manifests itself of its own accord. This manifestation is always distinct from form, and is the essence of the immediate, the trace of the immediate. (Yves Klein)

Yves Klein - From the Lines category:

I am against the line and all its consequences: contours, forms, composition. All paintings of whatever sort, figuratives or abstract, seem to me like prison windows in which the lines, precisely, are the bars. (Yves Klein)

Yves Klein - From the Movement category:

-on his art movement, The Void...
I did not like the nothing, and it is thus that I met the empty, the deep empty, the depth of the blue. (Yves Klein)

Yves Klein - From the Nature category:

I dash out to the banks of the river... and find myself amongst the rushes and the reeds. I grind some pigment over all this and the wind makes their slender stalks bend and appliques them with precision and delicacy on to my canvas, which I thus offer to quivering nature: I obtain a vegetal mark. Then it starts to rain; a fine spring rain: I expose my canvas to the rain... and I have the mark of the rain! - a mark of an atmospheric event. (Yves Klein)

Yves Klein - From the Painting category:

The essential of painting is that something, that 'ethereal glue,' that intermediary product which the artist secrets with all his creative being and which he has the power to place, to encrust, to impregnate into the pictorial stuff of the painting. (Yves Klein)

Yves Klein - From the Painting category:

They are the left-overs from my creative process, the ashes. My pictures, after all, are only title deeds to my property which I have to produce when I am asked to prove that I am a proprietor. (Yves Klein)

Yves Klein - From the Preparation category:

Hours of preparation for something that is excecuted, with extreme precision, in a few minutes. Just as with a judo throw. (Yves Klein)

Yves Klein - From the Senses category:

I had proof that I had five senses, that I knew how to get myself to function! And then I lost my childhood... (Yves Klein)

Yves Klein - From the Space category:

Pure, existential space was regularly winking at me, each time in a more impressive manner, and this sensation of total freedom attracted me so powerfully that I painted some monochrome surfaces just to 'see,' to 'see' with my own eyes what existential sensibility granted me: absolute freedom! (Yves Klein)

Yves Klein - From the Spirituality category:

Judo has helped me to understand that pictorial space is above all the product of spiritual exercises. Judo is, in fact, the discovery by the human body of a spiritual space. (Yves Klein)

Yves Klein - From the Subject category:

I want to take as the canvas for my next picture the entire surface of France. (Yves Klein)

Yves Klein - From the Taste category:

I arrived on earth in 1928. Born into a milieu of painters, I acquired my taste for painting with my mother's milk. (Yves Klein)

Yves Klein - From the Vision category:

I had left the visible, physical blue at the door, outside, in the street. The real blue was inside, the blue of the profundity of space, the blue of my kingdom, of our kingdom! (Yves Klein)