Klein – L’esclave mourant (d’après Michel-Ange)

Synthetic resin with pigment
inch 23.23 x 7.09 x 5.12 / cm 59x18x13



With the artist’s signature, thumbprint, titled, inscribed and numbered.
Perspex box size inch 26.38 x 12.6 x 9.84
Published by J. P. Ledeur, Paris
Certificate of autenticity by Rotraut Klein-Moquay

300 copies signed and numbered 1/300 to 300/300 and 50 copies signed and numbered I/L to L/L. Copy n° 145/300.

P. Wember, Yves Klein, Cologne 1969, no. S20 (another cast illustrated, p. 98).
Yves Klein, exh. cat., Bern, Kunsthalle Bern, 1971 (another cast illustrated, p. 105).
S. Stich, Yves Klein, Stuttgart 1994, no. 113 (another cast illustrated in colour, p. 247).
J.-P. Ledeur, Yves Klein. Catalogue raisonné des éditions et sculptures éditées, Knokke-le-Zoute 2000, no. S20 (another cast illustrated in colour, p. 248).
Yves Klein, Lugano, Museo d’Arte della Città di Lugano, 2009 (another from the edition illustrated in colour, p. 181.)


2016, Milano, La lune en rodage, Studio Guastalla Arte Moderna e Contemporanea


Seeing through the soul

The invisible made visible: this is what a work of art is for Yves Klein, artist, philosopher, musician, Judo master and Zen sage, whose whole life was conceived as a work of art. Blue, recognised as the colour of spirituality since the Middle Ages, and in particular, the blue patented by him as IKB (International Klein Blue) is an instrument for capturing the immaterial and the infinite. Covered with a coat of pure pigment, ancient classical sculptures, like Studio Guastalla’s “Esclave Mourant” [Dying slave], after Michelangelo, lose their physical dimension, no longer representing anything, being able only to suggest what is most abstract in nature: sky and sea that blend into a single dimension.

Emptiness, energy, traces of what the human eye cannot see.

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