KLEIN BLUE. Posted on 25 Mar 17:26 , 0 comments
“Blue has no dimensions, it is beyond dimensions, whereas the other colours are not… All colours arouse specific associative ideas, psychologically material or tangible, while blue suggests at most the sea and sky, and they, after all, are in actual, visible nature what is most abstract.” - Yves Klein
Sometimes, blue isn’t just blue. Case in point: International Klein Blue, also sometimes known as Yves Klein Blue, or IKB. Klein Blue is specific deep blue colour that was intentionally created by French artist Yves Klein who had an intense fascination (perhaps obsession) with the colour blue and a desire to give it even more visual impact. Thanks to Klein, we’re also fascinated and intrigued by the colour, how he manipulated it, and ultimately patented his own shade of blue which has become a staple across the fashion and design space for what seems like an age.
Yves Klein was one of the first monochrome painters, making blue paintings as early as 1947. For Klein, this was a way to reject the traditional ideas of representation in paintings, and he considered himself having complete creative freedom. His earlier monochromes were rough and thick in texture, and his later work cleaner and more precise.
His obsession with the colour Blue led him to travel the globe, searching for the most perfect shade. Klein eventually teamed up with chemists to produce what would become International Klein Blue, a colour so vibrant and so unmistakable, and one that he called “a Blue in itself, disengaged from all functional justification.”
“Blue was about venturing further, trying to reach the beyond. Blue was a colour you couldn’t get to grips with, you couldn’t touch it. The sky was blue, and it could not be touched, the sea was blue, but when you were in it, the sea became clear.”
Klein Blue was achieved with the help of Ultramarine, a deep blue pigment made from lapis lazuli ground into a powder. Ultramarine is complex, and was the finest and most expensive blue that could be used by painters in the early Renaissance. The French pharmaceutical company Rhône Poulenc assisted in the creation of IKB, using a synthetic resin to make the final colour have the same colour brightness and intensity as dry pigments.
Worn as a sweater, pants or a dress, jacket or a pop accessory pair of shoes or bag, this colour will make a statement. And if history is any indicator, Yves Klein Blue will remain as fresh and timeless as he has for countless years to come. Check out our Klein Blue inspirations below. xx
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