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, his dazzle for modern nature, as well as his temperament as a visionary researcher with a perpetually new look. From 1958 and especially from 1960, we observe his first automobile cuts. It all begins with his Iron Age, establishing himself with its bestiary as the master of welded metal. Then follow the nudes and plaques in response by the artist to the revelation of the frontality.

In 1967, he reissued the tour de force, still at the "Salon de mai", by presenting his Great orange expansion, a flow of expanded polyurethane. And there again, his "flows" will dominate this whole sector of expressiveness.

In the 1970s, César tackled the treatment of the most diverse materials: glass (Dam 1969), gold and silver (Bijoux, 1971); Plexiglas (1972); thermoformed moldings (Self-portrait, 1972). He then returned in the late 1970s to his original irons, which he reshaped and welded in bronze. In the 1980s, he saw large monumental compositions appear in his home: The Centaur, a masterpiece of statuary of all times, and the Homage to Eiffel, with a giant plate 17 meters high.

César was the icon of contemporary French art. Today, the best film actors are rewarded during the Césars ceremony with the presentation of a compression by the artist.

César - Compression, Circa 1970