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YVES KLEIN | Victoire de Samothrace (S 9)

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  • Yves Klein
  • Victoire de Samothrace (S 9)
  • incised with artist’s initials and dated 62 on the backside of right wing; numbered 158/175 on the backside of the figure; numbered 158/175 on the underside 
  • dry pigment and synthetic resin on plaster with metal and stone base
  • 19 7/8 by 9 7/8 by 10 1/4 in. 50.5 by 25.1 by 26 cm.


Ace Gallery, Los Angeles 
Acquired from the above by the present owner 


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


Exh. Cat., New York, Jewish Museum, Yves Klein, 1967, p. 51, illustrated 
Paul Wember, Yves Klein, Cologne, 1969, cat. no. S9 
Exh. Cat., Paris, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Yves Klein, 1983, n.p., illustrated in color 
Exh. Cat., Städtisches Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach, Katalog zur Ausstellung, 1984, p. 107, illustrated 
Exh. Cat., Paris, Artcurial, Hommage au Président Georges Pompidou un homme de culture, 1987, p. 28, illustrated in color 
Veronique Prat, Douze ans de l'histoire d'Artcurial, Paris 1987, n.p., illustrated in color 
Exh. Cat., Nice, Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Premier volet des collections, p. 11, illustrated in color 
Claude Fournet, Musées de Nice - Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Paris, 1990, p. 31, illustrated in color 
Claude Fournet and Jacqueline Péglion, eds., Chroniques niçoises - Genèse d'un Musée, Nice 1991, n.p. 
Sidra Stich, Yves Klein, Ostfildern-Ruit, 1994, p. 247, illustrated in color 
Gilles-François Picard, "Yves Klein ou la Révolution bleue," Paris, December 5, 1997, p. 104, illustrated 
Exh. Cat., Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Love Forever: Yayoi Kusama1958-1968, 1998, n.p., illustrated in color 
Houston, Rice University, Institute for the Arts, Yves Klein 1928-1962: A Retrospective, 1982, cat. no. 92, illustrated in color 
Jean-Paul Ledeur, Yves Klein: Catalogue raisonné des éditions, et sculptures éditées, Knokke-Le-Zoute 2000, cat. no. S9 
Nicholas Charlet, Yves Klein, Paris 2000, p. 231, illustrated in color 
Marco Livingstone, Pop Art, Paris 2000, p. 54, illustrated in color 
Hannah Weitermeier, Yves Klein, 1928-1962: International Klein Blue, London 2001, p. 2, illustrated in color 
Janny Lumeau, Des mots bleus por "Klein le monochrome," France 2003, illustrated in color on the cover 
Véronique Prat, La Collection de Georges et Claude Pompidou, Paris 2004, p. 81, illustrated in color 
Léo Pajon, La Victoire de Samothrace, Paris 2005, p. 118, illustrated in color
Sandrine Andrews, Yves Klein à la conquète de l'espace, Paris 2006, p. 26, illustrated in color 
Exh. Cat., Paris, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Le Nouveau Réalisme, 2007, p. 199, illustrated in color 
Exh., Cat., Städtisches Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach, Kunst der Gegenwart/1960 bis 2007, 2007, n.p. illustrated in color 
Exh. Cat., Zurich, Galerie Gmurzynska, Yves Klein - The Venus Project, 2014, p. 34, illustrated in color 
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 color


This work is in very good condition overall. The figure rests securely and is affixed to its base. The steel component is very slightly rusted and the base has yellowed slightly with age.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

Catalogue Note

Conceived in 1962 and cast in 1973, this work is number 158 from an edition of 175, plus 25 hors de commerce, 25 épreuves d'artiste and 3 copies with specific identifications.