ROTRAUT KLEIN-MOQUAY, born 1938

 

The artist formally known as Rotraut, is internationally feted, her paintings and sculptures in galleries as far apart as Paris’s Pompidou Centre and Florida’s Coral Springs Museum of Art.

Rotraut, her birth name, Rotraut Uecker, is a German artist and French. She was the wife of the famous French artist Yves Klein. Sadly he died in 1962 as a result of three heart attacks, at only 34 years of age. Two months later, their son, also called Yves, was born.

Yves Klein is considered an important figure in post-war European art. He was the leading member of the French artistic movement of Nouveau rèalisme founded in 1960. Klein was a pioneer in the development of Performance art, and is seen as an inspiration to and as a forerunner of Minimal art, as well as Pop art.

Wanting to become an artist, Rotraut first came in 1957, to Nice, South of France where she was working as an au pair. It was there she met Yves Klein. He engaged Rotraut to assist in his work. She became the one to mix his famous; International Klein Blue (IKB) colour, for his creations.

She exhibited for the first time at the gallery “New Vision” to London in 1959, her paintings were included in the Festival of Avant-Garde in 1960.

In the 1990s, Rotraut began working in sculpture. In 1994, the ‘Organization Durst”’commissioned two large tables that are placed in the lobby of the firm at the corner of 6th Avenue and 44th Street in New York.

An exhibition of paintings and sculptures presented in 1997 Ann Norton Museum at Palm Springs Florida. In 1998, Rotraut shows a huge ceramic 8 meters to the Spanish contemporary art fair, the Arco Madrid on the stand of the Galerie Gmurzynska  where her paintings are presented.

In 2000, Rotraut exposes her sculpture ‘La Gitane’ in Baltimore.

For the past decade she has concentrated primarily on sculpture – large, colourful, plastic pieces brimming with optimism. Yet, she says, for years after Klein’s death she found it impossible to paint in colour, particularly blue. “Then, other artists asked if they could use Klein Blue. And I thought, this is silly. I love blue. I used to mix the blue for Yves.” The result was one of her landmark “galaxy” paintings, Blue Memory.

She is married to Daniel Moquay and lives in Arizona.

Her work is featured beside the works of Yves Klein, in the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nice, France.

We are delighted to be able to present 2 exceptional works by this wonderful artist; Rotraut.