Yves Klein (1928-1962)
Yves Klein (1928-1962)

Venus Bleue, (S 41)

Yves Klein (1928-1962)
Venus Bleue, (S 41)
numbered 'HC V/L' on the reverse
dry pigment and synthetic resin on plaster
27 1/8 x 12 ½ x 9 7/8 in. (69.5 x 30 x 20 cm.)
Conceived in 1962. Executed posthumously in 1982 by the Bonnier Gallery, Geneva, this work is hors-commerce number V from an edition of 300, plus 50 hors-commerce numbered I/L to L/L and 3 copies numbered 001 to 003.
The Collection of Aviva & Jacob Baal-Teshuva, Paris
Their sale; Sotheby's, New York, 13 December 2016, lot 11
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
P. Wember, Yves Klein, Cologne, 1969, no. S 41 (illustrated).
P. Restany, Yves Klein, New York, 1982, p. 204 (illustrated).
Yves Klein, exh. cat., Oslo, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, 1997, p. 79, no. 66 (illustrated).
J. Ledeur, Yves Klein: Catalogue Raisonne of Editions and Sculptures, Paris, 2000, S41, p. 234 (illustrated).
R. Fleck, Marie Raymond-Yves Klein, exh. cat., Angers, 2004-2005, p. 193 (illustrated).
Cologne, Museum Ludwig, Yves Klein, November 1994-January 1995, p. 247, no. 111 (illustrated).
Musee d'art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain de Nice; Museo Pecci Prato, 'Yves Klein, La Vie, la Vie Elle-Même qui est l'Art Absolu', April 2000-January 2001, p. 182 (another example illustrated and exhibited).
Museo d'Arte di Lugano, 'Yves Klein', May-September 2009, p. 180 (another example illustrated and exhibited).

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Lot Essay

'It was the block of the body itself, that is to say the trunk and part of the thighs, that fascinated me. The hands, the arms, the head, the legs were of no importance. Only the body is alive, all-powerful, and non-thinking. The head, the arms, the hands are only intellectual articulations around the bulk of flesh that is the body! The heart beats without thought on our part; the mind cannot stop it.’ (Y. Klein quoted in S. Stich, Yves Klein, Ostfildern 1994, p. 175).

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