The Guardian Notes Influence of Framing Shop on Yves Klein’s Work

May 13th, 2016

Yves Klein Sponge Relief via Sotheby'sThe Guardian reports on Yves Klein’s years working as a picture framer in London, and the formative influence this work had on his practice, particularly in his work with pure pigments, gesso and gold leaf.  “To earn my living, I worked illegally for about a year in the Old Brompton Road frame shop of Robert Savage, a friend of my father,” Klein wrote of his time in the shop.  “It was there, assisting in the preparation of size, colors, varnish, of gilt bases, that I became familiar with the material, with handling it ‘in bulk’.”

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