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0 Inspired by: Yves Klein

Monochrome abstraction—the use of one colour over an entire canvas—has been a strategy adopted by many painters wishing to challenge expectations of what an image can and should represent. Klein likened monochrome painting to an "open window to freedom." He worked with a chemist to develop his own particular brand of blue. Made from pure colour pigment and a binding medium, it is called International Klein Blue. Klein adopted this hue as a means of evoking the immateriality and boundlessness of his own particular utopian vision of the world.

"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 at his lecture at the Sorbonne, 1959

This weekend I made some interior pictures at my home. When I saw my interior on screen I realised that blue is quite dominant...It reminds me of the first time I was really overwhelmed by the work of an the artist. It was Yves Klein. His blue monochrome abstraction blew me away. This encounter with colour is one of the reasons I became an interior architect.

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