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Yves Klein

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It was then that I remembered the colour blue, the blue of the sky in nice that was at the origin of my career as monochromist. I started work towards the end of 1956 and in 1957 I had an exhibition in Milan which consisted entirely of what I dared to call my 'Epoque bleue'. (1957)
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"Yves Klein, 1928 – 1962, Selected Writings", ed. J & J, the Tate Gallery, London 1974, p. 31

 
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