Featured above: Yves Klein blue polka dot print by Fee Greening for Alex Eagle.
As a selection of bright blue pieces land at Alex Eagle Studio, founder Eagle recalls her first encounter with Yves Klein’s signature shade, and picks her favourite vividly coloured items for summer.
“I still remember the intensity of my first experience of Yves Klein Blue,” says Alex Eagle. “The brightness, the depth, the vibrancy – it felt so intense, yet so calming. When I look into the depths of Yves Klein’s incandescent carpets of pigment, I want to understand what the colour means. It’s blue, but better. It’s both natural and unnatural. It is earthbound, but easy definition somehow dances out of reach.”
Why does blue affect us so profoundly? After all, it is just a colour. But for Klein himself, it went far deeper than that.
“Blue is the invisible becoming visible,” he said. “Blue has no dimensions, it is beyond the dimensions of which other colours partake.” His blue – patented subsequently as International Klein Blue (IKB) – was the physical expression of his yearning for the mystical and the infinite. A line in a painting was a “prison grating” – it was only through total immersion in a colour that he found “total freedom”.
IKB caught the imagination of the world in 1960 and the obsession shows no sign of abating, as shown by the exhibition of Klein’s works currently on show at Blenheim Palace and by the latest batch of pieces in store at Alex Eagle Studio. Here Eagle selects her favourite pieces, ranging from pens to books to Murano glass to Moroccan slippers, that are on offer in the incomparable hue.