This is not the first time that Murakami has evoked Klein’s legacy in his work. in 1991, Murakami painted monochromes which reflected the influence of Klein’s research («Azure»). In 1995, he made a silver and gold-leafed triptych which echoed the Klein monochromes while also evoking the wonderful backgrounds of traditional Japanese art. In 2006, he applied the imprint of his body on canvas, in the manner of anthropométries, before covering it with mesmerizing and energizing colored squares («Acupuncture Paintings»). With these Monochromes, Takashi Murakami is also taking up the time-old theme of Vanities. The works present accumulations of skulls and flowers, dizzying towards infinity where the pattern fades away in its own abstract repetition.