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Ô foudres... (F 127), 1962

  • Ô foudres...
    Burnt cardboard
    4 1/2 x 7 inch
In May 1962, André Verdet sent Yves Klein this poem. He is so pleased with it that he decides to engrave the imprint in an array of water and fire.

O lightening planets and rockets
By fire and by water
Yves Klein crusader
Opposite and against all
By a single jet purifies
The space of the painting
By fire and by water
In the great flaming blaze
Of the constellated void
Yves Klein reconstructs
The virgin iris of the eye
By fire and by water
Yves Klein crusader
Passes through the blue of the flame
Original cleanser
History of the painting
O lightening suns and dew.
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