Ever want to go back and be a part of history? Well, the Tate website has posted a video that briefly explains and exhibits Yves Klein’s (bio hyperlinked) “Anthropometries (video hyperlinked).” Through this series, Klein reconfigured the way art could be produced and examined by using the female nude NOT as the subject of painting (like Manet’s “Olympia” – below); RATHER Klein used the female body/bodies as paintbrushes to create works that appear almost primitive in form.
Maybe you were too young to be there, so you haven’t really heard much about this… Maybe you weren’t in the right “artsy” circle (because most likely, no offense, they were only a SELECT few that were and that was WAYYY back in the late 50s)… Or maybe you are just new to the “art world.” But now, you can get an inside look into how these paintings were developed. And keep in mind he had a LIVE symphony playing for his guests (who are dressed to a T) as these nude females were brushing up onto canvases and were being directed by Klein, who acted kind of like an orchestra maestro. What an interesting experience that would be to witness.
Is it kind of like finger painting when you’re a child? Maybe, but not really (and we do not suggest dipping your child into paint by any means). Could it be an incredibly extended simile – without a doubt. But that is a stretch. A MASSIVE one. Maybe we should just admire his works from these series, in his signature colour IKB, and appreciate his break from tradition.
Props to you Yves, you made a lasting impression – literally.
Peace Out, K