I have always been quite fascinated by Yves Klein’s work. Not only do I adore his blue, but also his techniques, and just the whole concept of creating a colour – a concept I myself experimented with much less result in the (very) early days of my discovery of painting at the age of 7.
I have spent countless hours admiring his blue monochromes (see picture on the right) at Paris Centre Pompidou and other galleries, referencing him in art classes, and dressing in IKB cardigans.
Now what a shock for me to discover this painting of Miró (see picture on the left) in the book of the exhibition of Surrealists at the Royal Academy of Art! Isn’t it exactly the same idea? And when Miró painted this picture (1925), Klein was not even born yet (1929)!
Now does that ruin my illusions about Klein’s creativity? Yes, a little. But I still love and admire his work.
Don’t you sometimes feel the same about a fashion label or a collection? A undeniable feeling of déjà-vu but still so well re-interpreted, so timeless, so beautiful that never mind originality, when you have talent and savoir-faire!
Paintings: Oils on canvas. Left: Bleu (1925) Joan Miró. Right: Bleu Monochrome (1929) Yves Klein.