Circa 1970
11.81 x 11.81 x 3.54 in ( 30 x 30 x 9 cm )
Inquiry - Compression, Circa 1970


Archives Denyses Durand-Ruel n° 7162


Private Collection, Paris

Artwork's description

César est l'un des plus grands sculpteurs du XX ème siècle, il a marqué son passage dans le monde de l'art avec ses objets compressés. Affilié au mouvement des Nouveaux Réalistes, il utilise des objets du quotidien pour réaliser ses oeuvres.

Cette oeuvre est très emblématique de son travail, à l'aide d'une presse hydraulique il va compresser un bidon en métal qu'il a choisit au préalable et le dispose en fonction du rendu qu'il veut obtenir. En cela, il se détache du néo-réalisme, car il affirme clairement une subjectivité quand à l'esthétique de l'oeuvre finale.

Artist's biography

Cesar is the sculptor of the twentieth century par excellence.

The genius of this artist is linked to an existential adventure, highlighting his love and demanding side of the material, its glare for the modern nature, as well as his visionary researcher temperament.

From 1958 and especially in 1960,  we observe its first cars compressions . It starts with his Iron Age, by winning with his bestiary as the master of welded metal. Then follow the bares and plates, in response of the artist to the revelation of the frontal.

In 1967, he re edited the feat, always at the May Fair, presenting its great orange expansion, an expanded polyurethane flow. And again, his "flows" will dominate all this expressiveness sector.

 In the 70's, Caesar attacks the processing of different materials: glass (Dam 1969), gold and silver (Jewelry, 1971); Plexiglas (1972); thermoformed moldings (Self-portrait, 1972).

He returned later in the late 70s to its original irons that he reshapes and he welds bronze.

In the 80s, we see large monumental works: The Centaur, a masterpiece of sculpture of all time, and the Tribute to Eiffel, with a giant plate of 17 meters high.

Cesar was the icon of the French contemporary art. Today, the best film actors are rewarded at the ceremony of the Caesars by delivering a compression of the artist.

César - Compression, Circa 1970