L'œuvre SE 71, L'Arbre, grande éponge bleue - Centre Pompidou


SE 71, L'Arbre, grande éponge bleue

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Crédit photographique : © Georges Meguerditchian - Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI /Dist. RMN-GP
© Yves Klein / Adagp, Paris

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Yves Klein (1928 - 1962)

SE 71, L'Arbre, grande éponge bleue


Pigment pur, résine synthétique sur éponge et plâtre

150 x 90 x 42 cm

50 à 60 KG

Achat, 1984

Numéro d'inventaire : AM 1984-280

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Description for the presentation 2015-2016 in the National Museum of Modern Art

It was in 1956 that Yves Klein made his first blue monochromes. Winner in 1957 of a competition organised by the town of Gelsenkirchen in the industrial Ruhr, Klein was commissioned to produce a group of “sponge reliefs” and monumental monochrome panels, inaugurated in 1959. It was between these two dates that the sponge, at first one of his tools as a painter, became one of his materials. This “tree” of sponge and plaster, which combines the processes of impregnation and of the direct impression of nature on the work, is Klein’s most monumental sculpture and one of the last pieces he ever ...

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Description for the presentation AAAA in the National Museum of Modern Art

Yves Klein used a kind of blue that he invented (Bleu Klein). The sponge becomes the material for his work after being the painter’s tool.

From 1954 until his early death in 1962, Klein created a poetic body of work about the immaterial and the intertwinement of art with day-to-day life. In 1960, he joined the New Realists movement who “considered the world to be a picture” from which they “appropriated fragments” (Pierre Restany). Just like the sponge soaks in paint, the spectators are invited to soak in the immateriality of the colour blue.

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