This fabric-covered panel is six-and-a-half-feet tall, four-and-a-half-feet wide, and is entirely one hue. The color, known as International Klein Blue, or IKB, is a rich, deep blue which relies heavily on synthetic ultramarine pigment. It has an electric, almost neon quality that is unnaturally intense. The potent color covers the entire panel, seemingly uniformly. But on closer inspection there are, perhaps, slight imperfections in the pigment. Horizontal and vertical lines can be perceived, wherein the hue is not quite as rich, and there are some slightly glossy patches down the right hand side of the panel. Or, perhaps, there are not.
Yves Klein
IKB74, 1958

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Artist name
Yves Klein
Date created
pigment on fabric and panel
78 in. x 54 5/8 in. (198.12 cm x 138.68 cm)
Date Acquired
Collection SFMOMA
Gift of Phyllis C. Wattis
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
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Artwork Status
On view on floor 2 as part of Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture, 1900 to Now.

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