Yves Klein’s “Anthropometrie” series gave new meaning to the phrase "body of art." Under Klein's direction, female models wearing only the artist’s patented International Klein Blue paint acted as “living paintbrushes," imprinting their bodies on large sheets of paper. Klein (1928 – 1962) devised the making of these artworks as a spectacle performed before an audience, who drank blue cocktails and listened to his "Monotone Symphony," a single musical note played for 20 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of silence.
French artist Yves Klein (1928 – 1962) created complex, puzzling artworks often using only one color. Painting monochromes unrestricted by line or form, he showcased the purity and absoluteness of color. When an exhibition of his monochromes was misinterpreted, the artist resolved to paint all future works only in blue, going so far as to patent his own shade, International Klein Blue. In 2000, Klein’s painting “RE I” sold for an astounding $6,716,000 at Christie’s.