Yves Klein - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, April 18, 2023 | Phillips

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  • OLIVIER ZAHM (French magazine editor): That time of reconstruction, the desire to create something new, to change, you were surrounded by artists — for example, you worked with Yves Klein. How did you meet him?
    CLAUDE PARENT: I liked his work a lot. A friend of his once told him his drawings were ugly, that he expressed nothing that could attract people to his work. He said he knew a guy - me - who would do that for him, who would draw anything he wanted. So, Klein turned up, and we drew things together until he died.

    —In an interview by Purple Magazine, 2013, Issue 20


    Artist Yves Klein (1928-1962) and architect Claude Parent (born 1923) first worked together in 1969, on Klein's Air Architecture project; subsequent collaborations included the "Pneumatic Rocket" and the Fontaines de Varsovie project. Parent and his office produced professional architectural designs for Klein's concepts, clarifying their utopian aspirations with exquisite delicacy. Shortly after Klein's death at the age of 34, his widow, Rotraut Klein-Moquay, and his mother, Marie Raymond, asked Parent to create an architectural design for an Yves Klein Memorial, to be built on a small plot of land above Saint-Paul de Vence in southeastern France.

    —The Memorial, an Architectural Project, Yves Klein / Claude Parent

    • Provenance

      Gift of the artist to Naad and Claude Parent
      Thence by descent to the present owner

    • Exhibited

      Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Paris, 2010 Retrospective

    • Literature

      The Memorial, an Architectural Project, Yves Klein / Claude Parent pp. 30-37


Monochrome und Feuer (Krefeld Triptych)

The complete set of three works, comprised of one gold leaf and two screenprints in Yves Klein blue and pink, on card, the full sheets, contained in the original Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld exhibition catalogue.
all S. 12 1/2 x 9 1/4 in. (31.8 x 23.5 cm)
catalogue 12 5/8 x 9 3/8 in. (32.1 x 23.8 cm)

A rare signed example and dedicated 'Pour Naad et Claude Parent avec amitié de Yves Klein' in blue ink on the catalogue cover, published by the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld on occasion of the exhibition Monochrome under Feuer at the Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, 14 January-26 February 1961, unframed.

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$18,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $30,480

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 18 - 20 April 2023