Although the new Pantone color of 2020 is Blue, many years back Yves Klein the artist declared a most vibrant blue.
The French artist Yves Klein was renowned for his dedication to color in his work, and blue was his signature shade. According to him, blue was infinite and untethered to any concrete ideas, mirroring the sea and the sky in all its vastness and mystery.
Ressource, a French design laboratory and paint manufacturing company, has partnered with the Yves Klein Archives to reproduce this gorgeous color in an homage to both the artist’s work and vision. They have perfected the technique that yields the richest, most radiant blue, informed by the famous International Klein Blue, utilizing the original craftsmanship that Klein so masterfully refined.
Ultramarine Blue, in Klein’s words, “goes beyond proportion,” symbolizing freedom and majesty, and a boundlessness of spirit. Ressource’s paint will certainly transport you there.
Klein famously declared the blue sky to be his first artwork and from there continued finding radical new ways to represent the infinite and immaterial in his works. One such strategy was monochrome abstraction—the use of one color over an entire canvas. Klein saw monochrome painting as an “open window to freedom, as the possibility of being immersed in the immeasurable existence of color.” Although he used a range of colors, his most iconic works often featured International Klein Blue.