Venus Bleue (La Vénus d'Alexandrie). 1962/1982. Sculpture. IKB pigment on plaster. Verso of left leg with artist's signet. Stand with edition stamp (twice) and with hand-written number. One of together 353 copies. Ca. 69 x 27 x 19 cm (27.1 x 10.6 x 7.4 in). With base and plexiglass dome. Total dimensions ca. 200 x 45 x 37,5 cm (78,7 x 17,7 x 14,8 in). Posthumously executed by Jean-Paul Ledeur, Paris in 1982 after a concept by the artist from 1962 (cf. Wember p. 41 "Blaue Venus"). Published by Éditions Galerie Bonnier, Geneva. [CB].
EXHIBITION: (Each different copy) Yves Klein, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, 1994/95 (cat. no. 111, p. 247, with color illu.). Yves Klein, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, 1997, (cat. no. 66, p. 79, with color illu.). Yves Klein. La vie, la vie elle-même qui est l'art absolu, Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Nice, 2000/2001 (p. 182, with color illu.). Yves Klein, Museo d'Arte, Lugano, 2009 (p. 180, with color illu.).
LITERATURE: (Each different copy) Pierre Restany, Yves Klein, New York 1982, p. 204. Jean-Paul Ledeur, Yves Klein. Catalogue of Editions and Sculptures edited, Knokke 2000, pp. 234 ff. Nicholas Charlet, Yves Klein, Paris 2000, p. 231 (color illu.). Hannah Weitermeier, Yves Klein, 1928-1962: International Klein Blue, London 2001, p. 25 (color illu.).
The original design of "Venus Bleue" was made in 1962. Yves Klein modeled it on the famous marble statue 'Venus de Milo' (also known as Aphrodite), on dispaly at the Louvre today. It is one of the most outstanding examples of Hellenic art and is considered an ideal of female beauty. Even though Kline reduced the female figure to the torso for his work, rendering it in reverse impression, the characteistic of the ancient statue remains visible.