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La Victoire de Samothrace, 1962

Sculpture

Pigment on Plaster

20.00 x 10.00 x 12.00 in

50.8 x 25.4 x 30.5 cm

Edition of 175
$350,000 - $400,000
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About The Work

One of the most influential, prominent, and controversial French artists to emerge in the 1950s, Yves Klein is remembered above all for his use of a single color, the rich shade of ultramarine that he made his own—International Klein Blue. As a painter, sculptor and performance artist, his work greatly influenced the development of minimalism. This 1962 sculpture La Victoire de Samothrace, was created using a plaster mold of The Winged Victory of Samothrace, also referred to as the Nike of Samothrace. Housed at the Louvre, the marble sculpture from 2nd-century BC is of the Greek goddess Nike—notable because she is both headless and armless. After acquiring the mold, Klein recreated the Hellenistic figure in his trademark IKB pigment. 

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