Anthropometries of the Blue Period  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Anthropométries de l'époque bleue (Anthropometries of the Blue Period) is the title of a number of artworks by French artist Yves Klein, made towards the end of his life.

Klein made use of naked female models covered in blue paint who he dragged across or laid upon canvases to make 'body prints', using the models as "living brushes". He called this type of paintings Anthropometry, sometimes turning their production into a kind of performance art.

The best-known performance of this kind was held on March 9, 1960 at the Galerie Internationale d' Art Contemporain (253, rue Saint Honoré) in Paris. It had an audience dressed in formal evening wear watching the models go about their task while an instrumental ensemble played Klein's 1949 The Monotone Symphony (a single 20-minute sustained chord followed by a 20-minute silence).

Footage of this performance is included in the documentary Yves Klein, la révolution bleue[1] by François Lévy-Kuentz.

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