Klein desired to use fire in early 1961 and his decisive experiments were conducted in March 1962. His artworks combining fire and color are identified with the prefix FC.
The mastering of fire in art by Klein is unprecedented because unlike Burri he does not lead his support up to the final phase of the combustion. The material, a Swedish cardboard of very high density, allows a slow ignition leaving the required time for the artist to control shapes and colors. His very rapid gesture in handling the huge 40 Kg flamethrower freezes the drips.
On June 30 in London, Christie's sells FC 27, 100 x 137 cm, made in 1962, lot 18.
FC 27 is an important step in his control of fire before the achievement of FC 1 whose large size 141 x 300 cm enabled him to incorporate in full length the Anthropométries of two naked women. FC 1 was sold for $ 36,5M including premium by Christie's on May 8, 2012.
The hardness of the exercise of the fire colors led the artist to exhaustion despite his athletic training. He died on June 6, 1962 aged 34.
I invite you to watch the video shared by Christie's.