09-09-15

Yves Klein by Lalique - La Terre Bleue


La Terre Bleue, Yves Klein by Lalique, 2015
Crystal, 39 x 28,5 x 25 cm

In the oeuvre of Yves Klein, the Earth is a recurrent theme, appearing in multiple variants and forming a series more globally entitled "Planetary reliefs".

It is a perfect expression of Yves Klein's fascination with the monochrome, the immaterial, space and nature. The Earth looked as though it had been dipped in a container filled with "International Klein Blue" paint.

In creating this exceptional piece, Lalique, thanks to the talent of its artisans coupled with the lost wax technique and IKB blue artfully recreated by obtaining a specific formula of copper and cobalt oxides, has further extended the possibilities of crystal.

Originally created by Yves Klein in 1961, the "Terre  Bleue" takes on a completely new dimension in crystal, giving it an unrivalled transparency, the light revealing the essence of the material.

Yves Klein and the "Globe Terrestre Bleu", (RP7), 1961 © Yves Klein, ADAGP, Paris, 2015 © Photo Harry Shunk and John Kender © J.Paul Getty Trust. The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles