From the summer of 1939 until 1943, the Kleins lived in Cagnes-sur-Mer, situated in the non-occupied zone.
During the summer, while registering at the judo club at the police headquarters, Yves Klein met Claude Pascal and Armand Fernandez.
The Kleins lived in Paris but spent every summer at Cagnes-sur-Mer, where Marie Raymonds sister Rose Raymond lived.
Yves literally adored his aunt, who constantly doted on, assisted, and supported him.
Shortly afterwards he moved to Tokyo, and, on October 9, registered at the Kodokan Institute, the countrys most prestigious judo center.
Yves found work with the framemaker Robert Savage, who had worked on Fred Kleins London exhibition in 1946.
In 1946, while still an adolescent, I was to sign my name on the other side of the sky during a fantastic "realistico-imaginary" journey.
That day, as I lay stretched upon the beach of Nice, I began to feel hatred for birds which flew back and forth across my blue sky, cloudless sky, because they tried to bore holes in my greatest and most beautiful work.
The ten color plates consisted of single-colored rectangles, cut out in paper and accompanied by an indication of their size in millimeters.
Each plate indicated a different place of creation: Madrid, Nice, Tokyo, Paris.