Fire Paintings

Fire Paintings

"Within the same span of time, I have succeeded in painting with fire, using very powerful and searing gas flames, some ten to twelve feet in height, to lick the surface of a painting in order to record the spontaneous trace of fire. (...)

In sum, my goal is twofold: first of all, to register the trace of human sentimentality in present-day civilization; secondly, to register the trace of fire which has engendered this very same civilization. And this because the void has always been my constant preoccupation; and I hold that in the heart of the void as well as in the heart of man, fires are burning."
Yves Klein, excerpt from « Chelsea Hotel Manifesto», 1961, Overcoming the problematics of Art -The writings of Yves Klein, Spring Publications, 2007


"Fire for me is the future without forgetting the past. It is the memory of nature."
Yves Klein, excerpt from « Lecture at The Sorbonne », 1959, Overcoming the problematics of Art -The writings of Yves Klein, Spring Publications, 2007
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