Yves Klein | Monochrome bleu sans titre | 1957
Paint on canvas, 100 x 200 cm.
Image Courtesy of Yves Klein Archives
© Succession Yves Klein c/o Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris 2021
According to correspondence between French artist Yves Klein and his Parisian gallerist Iris Clert, the Tremaines were Klein's key to being recognized by major American contemporary art collectors in the late 1950s. Clert, in a letter to Klein, goes so far as to mention that the Tremaines agreed to say that they paid more for a Klein piece than they actually did, thereby increasing Klein's value to American collectors. His 1957 Monochrome bleu sans titre utilizes his patented International Klein Blue paint, creating a field of color that Klein believed captured cosmic particles and offered proof for his statement, "I am the painter of space."