Artwork, 1960

Ci-gît l'Espace [Here Lies Space]

On this wooden panel presented horizontally, near the ground, gilded with the leaf, other leaves of gold, quivering, were posed. The blue sponge crown and the bouquet of fabric roses, a discreet tribute to Saint Rita but also the third term in the artist's trilogy of colors, sum up large sections of her work.

"At present, I am enthusiastically interested in the corny. I have the feeling that there exists in the very essence of bad taste a force capable of creating something far beyond what is traditionally termed art. I want to play with human sentimentality and morbidness in a cold and ferocious manner. Only very recently I have become a sort of undertaker (oddly enough, I am using the very terms of my enemies). Some of my latest works have been tombs and coffins."
Yves Klein, excerpt from « Chelsea Hotel Manifesto», 1961, Overcoming the problematics of Art -The writings of Yves Klein, Spring Publications, 2007, p. 196
Reference RP 3
Technical Dry pigment and synthetic resin on natural sponge, artificial flowers on panel covered with gold leaves
Dimensions 125 x 100 x 10cm
Collection Centre Georges Pompidou - Musée national d'art moderne