Another photograph of Yves Klein as the Actor of Looking.
Le Rêve du Fue, 1961
As with the two previous, this photo is by Harry Shunk... and his partner Janos (or John) Kender. Thus, Shunk-Kender, as the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation had attributed yesterday's image.
This information comes from the very informative obituary of Shunk (26 June 2006) by The Times :
Information about Shunk is scanty, for he enjoyed mystery and became reclusive from middle age onwards. He was born in 1924 in Trieste, in northeast Italy, but long under Habsburg sway, and was probably of Austrian descent. After travelling in Britain and Ireland, he settled in Paris in 1957. There he studied photography with another Austrian, the elderly Dora Kallmus. Having forged a professional and romantic partnership with Kender, the pair began to haunt Klein’s studio. All three men were hard-up, and were only saved from starvation by a line of credit that Klein had established at La Coupole. Shunk could not afford to buy a camera, and the one he used for Le saut was given to him by a patroness of Klein’s.
Aside from that image, he, Kender and Klein collaborated on other manipulations of reality, such as Rêve du feu, the illusion of a jet of flame sprouting from Klein’s upraised palm. Then, in 1962, at the age of 34, Klein died of a heart attack.
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