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In the Paris of the early 50's, Klein admired Man Ray, who worked and experimented in different media. He met Max Bill, a Bauhaus painter, designer, architect and photographer. His friends and contemporaries were the hard-edged American painters Ellsworth Kelly and Jack Youngerman, then working in Paris. The kinetic patterns of Vasarely's geometric shapes and illusions of movement were popular, as were Rodchenko's photomontages. The comic-strip vitality of the Dadaists appealed particularly to Klein. The modernist ideas of Moholy-Nagy were being rediscovered in Paris then, together with the linear abstract art of Mondrian. Klein's first published photograph was of a Dutch farmhouse in a region where Mondrian had stayed during World War I. By reversing the print, Klein produced a linear pattern of black on white that turned the photograph into an illusion of a Mondrian painting.