Table rose, 1963 Plexiglas and powdered rose pigment 14 3/4 x 49 x 39 1/4in (37.5 x 124.5 x 99.5cm)
Note: This work is recorded in the Yves Klein archive as indicated on a label underneath the work that is signed by Mme. R. Klein Moquay.
In the late 1940s, Klein rejected representational painting and made a series of monochrome paintings in blue, pink and gold. While each of these colors had spiritual significance for the artist, Klein thought that the blue color in particular had qualities close to pure space and associated it with a realm beyond what could be seen or touched. While Klein created each of these paintings in the same way and used the same materials, the resulting canvases displayed varying characteristics due to the differences in the atmosphere that gave each piece an unique spirit. In the early 1960s, Klein made his spiritual endeavors even more marketable by designing an elegant trio of tables. Each of these low Plexiglas, glass and steel tables is filled with sheets of gold leaf, International blue pigment, or rose colored paint. In Table rose 1961, the brilliant pink pigment appears to be suspended in space with a limitless depth. Although each table contains the same type of pigment in a Plexiglas box, no two tables are the same: the dry powder creates a unique velvety texture and subtle variation of pattern on the surface.