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Pure Pigment, 1957

  • Pure Pigment
    Dry blue pigment in a wooden tray
"Pure Pigments – Pure pigment, exhibited on the ground, became painting itself rather than a hung picture; the fixative medium being the most immaterial possible, that is to say, it is a force of attraction that directed only toward itself . It did not alter the pigment grains, as inevitably does oil, glue, or even my own special fixative. The only trouble with this: one naturally stands upright and gazes toward the horizon."
Yves Klein, excerpt from « Notes on Certain Works Exhibited at the Colette Allendy Gallery », 1957, Overcoming the problematics of Art -The writings of Yves Klein, Spring Publications, 2007
Yves Klein had several times mentioned his fascination with the powdered pigments he saw in the colored merchants: "They had a radiance and a life of their own and extraordinary autonomy, it was the color itself."

Yves Klein presented for the first time "the installation" Pure Pigments in May 1957 at Colette Allendy. It was reconstituted several times afterwards.


Dry blue pigment (Galerie Colette Allendy)
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