About the artist
His first solo exhibition took place in 1955 at the Galerie des Solitaires, Paris. Initial works included monochromatic pictures in a range of colours, but from 1957 he primarily used blue, and from 1960, gold.
In 1960, Klein co-founded the Nouveau Réalisme movement. Other notable members included Arman, Jean Tinguely, and François Dufrêne. Klein's fusion of mysticism and performance art offered a contrast to the Abstract Expressionist and Pop Art movements of his era. Today, his works grace prominent galleries, including those in New York, London's Tate Gallery, Paris's Centre Georges Pompidou, and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.
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