La Vénus d'Alexandrie (Vénus Bleue), 1962
dry blue pigment on synthetic resin plaster. From the edition of 300 (aside from 50 HCs)
26 3/4 inches (68 cm.) high
With plexi box
Jean-Paul Ledeur. Yves Klein: Catalogue of Editions and Sculptures Edited / Catalogues des éditions et des sculptures editées. [Knokke], 1999, pp. 158–59, 234–37, no. S41, ill. (color).
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Yves Klein’s 1962 Venus Blue (Bleue) features Klein’s signature International Klein Blue (IKB) on a plaster cast of the celebrated Venus de Milo sculpture. Klein redefines monochrome by recreating the exquisite human form at its finest in a three-dimensional field in the dreamy IKB. This appropriation of the famous Greek sculpture in a painted IKB, gives the dated masterpiece a commercial appeal, and acts as a precursor to Pop art.