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Yves Klein
1928 - 1962
VICTOIRE DE SAMOTHRACE (S 9)
incised with the artist’s initials and dated 62 on the right wing; numbered 123/175 on the underside
dry pigment and synthetic resin on plaster with metal and stone base
50.2 by 26 by 29.9 cm. 19 3/4 by 10 1/4 by 11 3/4 in.
Conceived in 1962 and cast in 1973, this work is number 123 from an edition of 175 plus 25 hors commerce, 25 epreuves d’artiste and 3 copies with specific identifications.
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Provenance

Galerie Van Orde, Antwerp
Private Collection, Europe (acquired in 1978)
Sotheby’s, London, 23 June 2005, Lot 164
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Exhibited

Kaarst-Dusseldorf, Gallery 44, Yves Klein und seine Freunde, October 1986 - January 1987 (ed. no. unknown)
Parma, Galleria d’Arte Niccoli, Une probabile umore dell’idea, April - May 1989, p. 33, illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)
London, Galerie Gimpel, Yves Klein, June - September 1994 (ed. no. unknown)
Cologne, Museum Ludwig, Yves Klein, November 1994 - January 1995, p. 247, no. 112, illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)
Rome, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Citta natura, Mostra internazionale di arte contemporanea, April 1997 (ed. no. unknown)
Vienna, Kunsthalle, Engel, Engel, Legenden der Gegenwart, June - September 1997, p. 221, illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)
Le Bourget, Musee de l’air et de l’espace, L’art, l’air et l’espace, October 1999 (ed. no. unknown)
Hong Kong Museum of Art, Nice Movements - Contemporary French Art, April - June 2000, p. 64, illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)
Musee d’art moderne et d’art contemporain de Nice; Prato, Centro per l’arte contemporanea, Luigi Pecci, Yves Klein, La Vie, la vie elle-même qui est l’art absolu, April 2000 - January 2001, p. 182, illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)
Museu de arte de Macau, Du Nouveau Réalisme à Supports Surfaces, July - August 2000, p. 89, illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)
Pietrasanta, Flora Bigai, Nel blu dipinto di blu Yves Klein, July - September 2004, n.p., illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)
Angers, Musée des Beaux Arts; Roanne, Musée Joseph Dechelette; Carcassonne, Musée des Beaux-Arts; Coblence, Museum Ludwig; LAAC Dunkerque, Marie Raymond - Yves Klein, November 2004 - June 2007, p. 175, illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)
Bilbao, Guggenheim Museum, Yves Klein, January - May 2005 (ed. no. unknown)
Paris, Galerie Rive Gauche, Yves Klein et Niki de Saint Phalle, February - March 2005 (ed. no. unknown)
Paris, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais; Hannover, Sprengel Museum, Nouveau Réalisme: Revolution des Alltäglichen, March 2007 - January 2008 (ed. no. unknown)
Lugano, Museo d’Arte & Sculture in Citta, Yves Klein & Rotraut, May - September 2009, pp. 178-179, illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)
Madrid, Círculo de Bellas Arte, Marie Raymond - Yves Klein Herencias, October 2009 - January 2010, p. 160, illlustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)
Venice, Ca’ Corner della Regina, The Small Utopia, Ars Multiplicata, Summer 2012 (ed. no. unknown)
Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Villa Datris, Sculpture du Sud, May - November 2014 (ed. no. unknown)
Zurich, Hotel Baur au Lac, Art in the Park, June - July 2014 (ed. no. unknown)

Literature

Exh. Cat., New York, Jewish Museum, Yves Klein, 1967, p. 51, illustrated (ed. no. unknown)
Paul Wember, Yves Klein, Cologne 1969, cat. no. S9 (ed. no. unknown)
Exh. Cat., Paris, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Yves Klein, 1983, n.p., illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)
Exh. Cat., Stadtisches Museum Abteiberg Monchengladbach, Katalog zur Ausstellung, 1984, p. 107, illustrated (ed. no. unknown)
Exh. Cat., Paris, Artcurial, Hommage au Président Georges Pompidou un homme de culture, 1987, p. 28, illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)
Veronique Prat, Douze ans de l’histoire d’Artcurial, Paris 1987, n.p., illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)
Exh. Cat., Nice, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Premier volet des collections, p. 11, illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)
Claude Fournet, Musées de Nice - Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Paris 1990, p. 31, illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)
Claude Fournet and Jacqueline Peglion, Eds., Chroniques niçoises - Genèse d’un Musée, Nice, 1991 (ed. no. unknown)
Sidra Stich, Yves Klein, Ostfildern-Ruit, 1994, p. 247, illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)
Gilles-Francois Picard, “Yves Klein ou la Revolution bleue,” Paris, December 5, 1997, p. 104, illustrated (ed. no. unknown)
Exh. Cat., Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Love Forever: Yayoi Kusama, 1958-1968, 1998, n.p., illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)
Houston, Rice University, Institute for the Arts, Yves Klein 1928-1962: A Retrospective, 1982, cat. no. 92, illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)
Jean-Paul Ledeur, Yves Klein: Catalogue raisonné des éditions, et sculptures éditées, Knokke-Le-Zoute, 2000, cat. no. S9, illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)
Nicholas Charlet, Yves Klein, Paris, 2000, p. 231, illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)
Marco Livingstone, Pop Art, Paris, 2000, p. 54, illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)
Hannah Weitermeier, Yves Klein, 1928-1962: International Klein Blue, London, 2001, p. 2, illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)
Janny Lumeau, Des mots bleus por “Klein le monochrome,” France, 2003, illustrated in colour on the cover (ed. no. unknown)
Veronique Prat, La Collection de Georges et Claude Pompidou, Paris, 2004, p. 81, illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)
Leo Pajon, La Victoire de Samothrace, Paris, 2005, p. 118, illustrated in colour
Sandrine Andrews, Yves Klein à la conquète de l’espace, Paris, 2006, p. 26, illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)
Exh. Cat., Paris, Musee National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Le Nouveau Réalisme, 2007, p. 199, illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)
Exh., Cat., Stadtisches Museum Abteiberg Monchengladbach, Kunst der Gegenwart/1960 bis 2007, 2007, n.p. illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)
Exh. Cat., Zurich, Galerie Gmurzynska, Yves Klein - The Venus Project, 2014, p. 34, illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)
Giovanni Lista, 'Les sculptures d’Yves Klein et le spatialisme de Lucio Fontana,' Ligeia dossiers sur l’art, Paris, Vol. XXVII, No. 129-132, January - July 2014, p. 25, illustrated in colour (ed. no. unknown)

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