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Yves Klein

Yves Klein was born in 1928 in Nice. In 1957, he took out a patent on an intense brilliant ultramarine which he called International Klein Blue (IKB). Klein was a major figure in the French Nouveaux Realistes group and had a profound influence on numerous twentieth century art movements, in particular on Conceptual Art, Body Art, Happenings and Performance. He died of a heart attack, in 1962, at age 34.