Bronze with a nuanced dark brown patina
cast by BOCQUEL
model created in 1955
cast in 1990
height 77 cm
width 22 cm
A similar model is reproduced in « César, Catalogue raisonné », Vol. I-1947-1964, Denyse Durand-Ruel, Ed. de la Différence, Paris, 1994, page 89, n°80.
César Baldaccini (1921-1998), known as César, was a French sculptor. After studying at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Marseille, he continued his education in 1943 at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Faced with the impossibility for him to work the stone, because of its cost, he turned to other materials. From 1947, he worked plaster and iron. In 1949, he was introduced to arc welding in an industrial carpentry in Trans-en-Provence and used lead sheets and welded iron rods. In 1952, César used inexpensive recovery materials from scrap dumps and made his first scrap metal sculptures. Their shapes, and beyond their subjects were partly defined by the materials themselves: plates, rods, screws, nuts ... thus tending towards a textured and expressive result.
César's fame began in 1955 when the French State bought him his "Fish" for the National Museum of Modern Art. In 1956, he participated in the Venice Biennale, then in the Biennale of São Paulo and Documenta II in 1959. In 1961, he joined the group of The New Realists, movement founded by the art critic Pierre Restany, including Arman, Jean Tinguely, Niki de Saint Phalle and Gerard Deschamps. César's work sometimes monumental includes, besides his famous "Fers", which go from a figurative expression to more abstract forms, "Compressions", "Expansions", and "Human Footprints".
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