CÚsarHommage Ó Morandi
Compressed coffe maker and enamel burst on painted board
Signed and dated
25.59 x 22.05 in ( 65 x 56 cm )
Inquiry - Hommage Ó Morandi, 1971


Archives Denyse Durand Ruel n░ 1455


Private Collection, France, Gift from the artist

Artcurial Auction, Paris

Artwork's description

César était passionné par le travail de l'artiste italien Morandi. Pendant de nombreuses années, il collectionna les théières, carafes, pichets, brocs et autre, afin de réaliser une série d'oeuvres en Hommage à Morandi. Pour ce faire, l'artiste va venir briser, écraser ses objets émaillés : " Ce ne sont plus des cafetières, des bouilloires ou des brocs, mais comme les pommes de Cézanne ou les bouteilles de Morandi, des sensations d'objets dont les déplacements légers ou insistants des contours, leurs découpes floues, abolissent l'identité et en restituent le squelette. " Pierre Cabanne.

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.