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Yves Klein

Yves Klein's Victoire de Samothrace by Lalique

La Victoire de Samothrace

This limited edition of 83 crystal pieces - in tribute to Yves Klein who would have been 83 years old in 2011 - seals the meeting of two artistic approaches taken respectively by Yves Klein and Lalique.

In 1962, Yves Klein acquired the moulds for this iconic sculpture from Greek antiquity, using revelatory blue to highlight the effervescent sensibility of its flesh.

 

Yves Klein's Victoire de Samothrace by Lalique

A masterpiece in blue

The radiance and intensity of Klein blue crystal illuminate this work of art, the sublime expression of grace and femininity. A fascinating, magnetic, hypnotic blue.

To obtain this utterly and famous distinctive ultramarine blue, under the name of Bleu Klein ™, Lalique has developed a specific formula with copper and cobalt oxides in proportions that remain a jealously guarded secret. The magic of Lalique's know-how works to bring to light what is contained within the substance. The crystal is noble, luminous and deep. Fashioned in an artistic gesture by the hand of man as artist/artisan, it comes to life with emotional impact. Blue has no dimensions. It is beyond dimensions, whereas the other colours are not. Yves Klein.

Yves Klein during the filming of "The Heartbeat of France" in the studio of photographer Charles Wilp, Düsseldorf, February 1961 © Photo Charles Wilp / BPK, Berlin

Yves Klein

Yves Klein was born in 1928 in Nice.
In 1947, Yves Klein took up judo, seeing its practice as a form of intellectual and moral education aimed at perfecting self-control and mastery of the emotions. In 1952, he left for Japan to advance his judo skills, obtaining a fourth-dan black belt.

Starting in 1955, Yves Klein presented his work in an artistic setting: monochrome works in different colours entitled Yves, peintures.
In 1956, he embarked on his “Blue period”, choosing an ultramarine blue that already existed, a highly saturated, uniform and spiritual shade, which he said was “the perfect expression of blue”.
But the monochromes were just one aspect of his work in which he deployed a number of different techniques: “Peintures de feu” (Fire Paintings), “Cosmogonies”, “Sculptures-Eponges” (Sponge Sculptures), “Anthropométries”, “Planetary Reliefs”... 

Yves Klein married Rotraut Uecker, a young German artist in 1962. He died a few months later at the age of 34, leaving an oeuvre that is intense, bold and embodies notions of the infinite, an oeuvre that continues to inspire new generations of artists and those passionate about our times.

Yves Klein by Lalique


For further information on La Victoire de Samothrace, Yves Klein by Lalique, we invite you to download the full brochure available below. Also, we remain at your disposal for any further enquiries by e-mail.