“I made the flames lick the surface of the painting in such a way that it recorded the spontaneous traces of the fire. But what is it that provokes in me this pursuit of the impression of fire? Why must I search for its traces? Because every work of creation, quite apart from its cosmic position, is the representation of pure phenomenology – every phenomenon manifests itself of its own accord. This manifestation is always distinct from form, and is the essence of the immediate, the trace of the immediate"
1961. Yves Klein.
“Hours of preparation for something that is executed, with extreme precision, in a few minutes. Just as with a Judo throw.”
1960. Yves Klein.