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"ESSENTIAL
POTENTIAL
SPATIAL
IMMEASURABLE
FAST
STATIC
DYNAMIC
ABSOLUTE
PNEUMATIC
PURE
PRESTIGIOUS
MARVELOUS
EXASPERATING
UNSETTLED
EXACT
SENSITIVE
PERMEATED
PERMEATING
IMMATERIAL"
Yves Klein, 1959 ca.

"To the question I am often asked, why I choose blue, I will reply by citing again that marvelous passage concerning blue from Bachelard’s book Air and Dreams:

"Also, in the realm of blue air more than elsewhere, we feel that the world may be permeated by the most indeterminate reverie. This is when reverie really has depth. The blue sky opens up in depth beneath the dream. Then dreams are not limited to one-dimensional images. Paradoxically, the aerial dream soon has only a depth dimension, The other two dimensions, in which picturesque, colored reverie plays its games, lose all their oneiric interest. The world is then truly on the other side of the unsilvered mirror. There is an imaginary beyond, a pure beyond, one without a within. First there is nothing, then there is a deep nothing, then there is a blue depth."

Blue has no dimensions, it is beyond dimensions, whereas the other colors are not. They are psychological spaces; red, for example, presupposing a hearth releasing heat. All colors bring forth specific associative ideas, tangible or psychological, while blue suggests, at most, the sea and sky, and they, after all, are in actual nature what is most abstract."  

Yves Klein, Lecture at la Sorbonne, June 3rd 1959, Paris
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