Yves Klein

1928 - 1962

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Yves Klein (French pronunciation: [iv klɛ̃]; 28 April 1928 – 6 June 1962) was a French artist and an important figure in post-war European art. He was a leading member of the French artistic movement of Nouveau réalisme founded in 1960 by art critic Pierre Restany. Klein was a pioneer in the development of performance art, and is seen as an inspiration to and as a forerunner of minimal art, as well as pop art. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yves Klein has received more than 1,297,385 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Yves Klein is the 12th most popular artist (down from 11th in 2019), the 477th most popular biography from France (down from 413th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular French Artist.

Yves Klein is most famous for his monochromatic paintings.

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Among artists, Yves Klein ranks 12 out of 125Before him are Jusepe de Ribera, Hans Holbein the Younger, Victor Vasarely, Anders Zorn, Hiroshige, and Joseph Beuys. After him are Jean Arp, Käthe Kollwitz, Roy Lichtenstein, Theo van Doesburg, El Lissitzky, and Luca Signorelli.

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Among people born in 1928, Yves Klein ranks 22Before him are Philip K. Dick, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Rinus Michels, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Didi, and Jeanne Moreau. After him are Alexander Grothendieck, Jean-Marie Le Pen, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Shirley Temple, James Coburn, and Kim Yong-nam. Among people deceased in 1962, Yves Klein ranks 11Before him are Adolf Eichmann, William Faulkner, Karen Blixen, Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Lucky Luciano, and Georges Bataille. After him are Gaston Bachelard, Hans Luther, Auguste Piccard, Arthur Compton, Vasily Stalin, and René Coty.

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In France

Among people born in France, Yves Klein ranks 477 out of 6,770Before him are Alfred Kastler (1902), René Guénon (1886), Jean-Baptiste Biot (1774), Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux (1636), Alfred de Musset (1810), and Ambroise Paré (1510). After him are Charles-Henri Sanson (1739), Adolphe Adam (1803), Pierre Richard (1934), Carus (230), Patrick Modiano (1945), and Genevieve (423).

Among ARTISTS In France

Among artists born in France, Yves Klein ranks 2Before him are Marcel Duchamp (1887). After him are Jean Arp (1886), Émile Gallé (1846), André Charles Boulle (1642), Nicholas of Verdun (1130), and Annette Messager (1943).