Great looking signed artist proof by Frits (Fred) Klein. Frame measures 29.5 inches wide X 23.25 inches high.
Father of the artist and cineast Yves Klein, who became world-renowned with his monochrome blue paintings.
Frits Klein is called the painter of light. The journalist Hans Redeker described his paintings as: ‘a pure and bright light, far from all the melancholic intentions and actions, so harmoniously fulfilled, that heart and intuition immediately know they belong there’.
This sentence was also the opening sentence of the foreword in the catalog of the honorary exhibition of Frits Klein at his 70th birthday at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (1968). When Frits Klein became 80 years, a retrospective of his work at the Van Gogh Museum (1978) was held. The critics were full of praise. His 90th birthday was celebrated in Pulchri Studio in The Hague with a similar retrospective (1988). Two years later, in 1990, Frits Klein died in Paris. Quote from the NRC of April 27, 1990 at his death: ‘A painter of the idyll, of sensuality. The Dutch painter Frits Klein was once described as a painter of luxury, calmness and voluptuousness.
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